Gene WilderGene Wilder
was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
. He is best known for his many collaborations with writer, producer, director Mel Brooks
. Gene Wilder made many movies with Brooks
starting with The Producers
in 1968. He was nominated for an Acadmeny Award for best supporting actor for his role in The Producers
. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Young Frankenstein
with Mel Brooks.
His first big part was in Bonnie and Clyde where he played an undertaker abducted by the couple.
Perhaps one of his best known roles is that of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.