Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

Highest Rated: 94% Young Frankenstein (1974)

Lowest Rated: 0% Funny About Love (1990)

Birthday: Jun 11, 1933

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

With his wild curly hair, large expressive blue eyes, slight lisp, and nervous mannerism, Gene Wilder seemed on the surface the epitome of the mild-mannered bookkeeper type, but a close look reveals a volatile energy lying beneath the milquetoast, a mad spark in the eye, and a tendency to explode into discombobulated manic hilarity, usually as a result of being unable to handle the chaos that surrounded his characters. In fact one might have labeled Wilder the consummate reactor rather than a traditional thespian. During the 1970s, Wilder starred in some of the decade's most popular comedies. Wilder was at his best when he was collaborating with Mel Brooks. Such films as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles became modern American classics. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Wilder was born Jerome "Jerry" Silberman in Milwaukee, WI. His father manufactured miniature beer and whiskey bottles. Wilder began studying drama and working in summer stock while studying at the University of Iowa. Following graduation, he furthered his dramatic studies at England's Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Wilder was an exceptional fencer and while there won the school's fencing championship. Upon his return to the U.S., Wilder supported himself by teaching fencing. At other times, he also drove a limo and sold toys. After gaining experience off-Broadway in the early '60s, Wilder joined the Actors Studio. This led to several successful Broadway appearances. Wilder made his feature film debut playing a small but memorable role as a timid undertaker who is kidnapped by the protagonists of Arthur Penn's violent Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The following year he worked with Mel Brooks for the first time, co-starring opposite Zero Mostel in the screamingly funny Producers (1968). His role as the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who is seduced into a mad scheme by a once powerful Broadway producer into a crazy money-making scheme. Wilder's performance earned him an Oscar nomination. In his next film, Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), Wilder demonstrated his fencing prowess while playing one of two pairs of twins separated at birth during the years of the French Revolution. He demonstrated a more dramatic side in the underrated romantic comedy/drama Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (aka Fun Loving) (1970). The following year, Wilder starred in what many fondly remember as one of his best roles, that of the mad chocolatier Willy Wonka in the darkly comic musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Despite these and other efforts, Wilder did not become a major star until Young Frankenstein (1974), a loving and uproarious send-up of Universal horror movies for which he and Brooks wrote the script. Following the tremendous success of Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974), Wilder struck out on his own, making his solo screenwriting and directorial debut with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) which co-starred fellow Brooks alumni Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. Like his subsequent directorial efforts the humor was fitful and the direction uneven. He did however have a minor hit as the director and star of The Woman in Red (1984). As an actor, Wilder fared better with the smash hit Silver Streak (1976). As much of a romantic action-adventure as it was a comedy, it would be the first of several successful pairings with comedian Richard Pryor. Their second movie together, Stir Crazy (1980), was also a hit while their third and fourth pairings in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1990) were much weaker. While appearing in Hanky Panky, Wilder met and married comedienne Gilda Radner. When she passed away in 1989 from cancer, Wilder was reputedly devastated. He stopped making and appearing in films after 1991; he did, however, try his hand at situation comedy in the short-lived Something Wilder (1994-1995). In the 90s he wrote and starred in a couple of made for TV murder mysteries and in 2008 he was

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
89% Love, Gilda Actor 2018
No Score Yet Role Model: Gene Wilder Actor 2008
50% The Producers Actor $19.2M 2005
No Score Yet Expo: Magic of the White City Narrator 2005
33% Alice in Wonderland Mock Turtle 1999
No Score Yet The Lady in Question Larry `Cash' Carter Screenwriter 1999
11% Another You George/Abe Fielding 1991
0% Funny About Love Duffy Bergman 1990
28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Screenwriter Dave 1989
18% Haunted Honeymoon Screenwriter Larry Abbot Director 1986
35% The Woman in Red Screenwriter Teddy Pierce Director 1984
33% Hanky Panky Michael Jordon 1982
67% Stir Crazy Skip Donahue 1980
50% The Frisco Kid Avram 1979
15% The World's Greatest Lover Screenwriter Producer Rudy Valentine/Rudy Hickman Rudy Valentine Director 1977
80% Silver Streak George Caldwell 1976
67% The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Director Screenwriter Sigerson Holmes 1975
94% Young Frankenstein Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet The Little Prince The Fox 1974
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Harry Evers 1974
89% Blazing Saddles Jim 1974
No Score Yet Rhinoceros Stanley 1974
87% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask Dr. Ross 1972
No Score Yet Scarecrow Actor 1972
90% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka $4.1M 1971
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company Actor 1971
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Claude/Philippe 1970
No Score Yet Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Quackser Fortune 1970
90% The Producers Leo Bloom 1968
87% Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard 1967
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Bernard 1966
No Score Yet Sunday Lovers Actor

TV

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No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Mr. Stein 2003
2002

QUOTES FROM Gene Wilder CHARACTERS

Willy Wonka says: Welcome my friends, welcome to my chocolate factory.

Willy Wonka says: There, see. Completely unharmed.

Mrs. Teevee says: You call that unharmed?

Willy Wonka says: Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: It's alive!

Charlie says: Mr. Wonka, they won't really be burned in the furnace, will they?

Willy Wonka says: Hm... well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven't they?

Willy Wonka says: Hm, well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven't they?

Mrs. Gloop says: Don't just stand there, do something!

Willy Wonka says: Help. Police. Murder.

Eugene Grizzard says: Step on it Velma!

Elizabeth says: Taffeta, darling.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Taffeta, sweetheart.

Elizabeth says: No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily.

Willy Wonka says: Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker

Willy Wonka says: Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

Bart says: Are we awake? .

Bart says: Are we awake?

Jim the Waco Kid says: We're not sure. Are we...black?

Jim the Waco Kid says: We're not sure. Are we... black?

Bart says: Yes we are.

Jim the Waco Kid says: Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled

Jim the Waco Kid says: Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled.

Willy Wonka says: Strike that! Reverse it!

Igor says: Dr. Frankenstein?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Frokensteen.

Igor says: You're putting me on.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No, it pronounced, "Frokensteen".

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No, it pronounced, 'Frokensteen'.

Igor says: Do you also say Froaderick?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No . . . "Frederick."

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No... 'Frederick.'

Igor says: Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Frokensteen"?

Igor says: Well, why isn't it 'Froaderick Frokensteen'?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: It isn't, it's "Frederick Frokensteen"

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: It isn't, it's 'Frederick Frokensteen'.

Igor says: I see.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: You must be Igor. [He pronounces it ee-gor.]

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: You must be Igor. [he pronounces it ee-gor.]

Igor says: No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."

Igor says: No, it's pronounced 'eye-gor.'

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: But they told me it was "ee-gor"..

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: But they told me it was 'ee-gor'..

Igor says: Well, they were wrong then, weren"t they?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Life! Life, do you hear me?! Give my creation LIIIFEEE!!!!!!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Life! Life, do you hear me?! Give my creation LIIIFEEE!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: From the very first day when filthy bits of slime crawled out of the sea and called to the stars "I am man", our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we will hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens! We shall mock the earthquake! We shall command the thunders and PENETRATE THE VERY WOMB OF IMPERVIOUS NATURE HERSELF!!!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: From the very first day when filthy bits of slime crawled out of the sea and called to the stars 'I am man', our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we will hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens! We shall mock the earthquake! We shall command the thunders and PENETRATE THE VERY WOMB OF IMPERVIOUS NATURE HERSELF!

Inga says: Hello. Do you want to go for a roll in the hay?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Err...

Inga says: (singing) Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!

Inga says: [singing] Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Whose brain did you put in him?

Igor says: Err... Abby something...

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Abby who?

Igor says: Abby... Normal. Yes that's it, Abby Normal!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA!!!???

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA?

Mr. Salt says: (about the chocolate river) It's polluted!

Mr. Salt says: [about the chocolate river] It's polluted!

Willy Wonka says: It's chocolate!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Wow. What Knockers!

Inga says: Why thank you, Doctor.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "Nice hopping".

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Nice hopping.

Bart says: So, what's your name?

Jim the Waco Kid says: My name is Jim. But most people call me......Jim.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: You must be Igor?

Igor says: No, it's pronounced, 'Eyegor'.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: They told me it was Igor.

Igor says: Well they were wrong then, weren't they?

Willy Wonka says: We are the music makers and we are the dreams of the dreams.

Willy Wonka says: You both went into the soda room without permission! You both bumped into the ceiling, which must be washed and sterilized, so you get NOTHING! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY SIR!

Willy Wonka says: A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: What a filthy job!

Igor says: Could be worse.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: How?

Igor says: Could be raining. *starts raining*

Jim the Waco Kid says: *holds up right hand* Look at that.

Bart says: Steady as a rock.

Jim the Waco Kid says: Yeah, but I shoot with this hand. *holds up right hand, shaking*

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Damn your eyes!

Igor says: Too late.

Willy Wonka says: Invention is 93% perspiration 6% inspiration 3% perspiration and 2% butter scotch ripple.

Jim the Waco Kid says: That little Bastard shot me right in the ass!

Jim the Waco Kid says: Don't know how you did it.

Bart says: He was nothing, the bitch was inventing the Candy Gram and they probably won't even give me credit for it.

Frau Bluecher says: Would the doctor care for a brandy before retiring?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No. Thank you.

Frau Bluecher says: Some warm milk, perhaps?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No, thank you very much. No thanks.

Frau Bluecher says: Ovaltine?

Willy Wonka says: So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

Willy Wonka says: " Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!"

Willy Wonka says: Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!

Willy Wonka says: The snozberries taste like snozberries.

Willy Wonka says: Remember Charlie, don't forget the tale of the man who got everything he wanted.

Charlie says: What happened?

Willy Wonka says: He lived happily ever after.

Willy Wonka says: The suspense is terrible...I hope It'll last.

George Caldwell says: [Grover has just told George they have to jump from the train] No! I've left this train twice already!

Sheriff Chauncey says: Is he with the feds?

George Caldwell says: Who?

Sheriff Chauncey says: This guy Rembrandt.

George Caldwell says: Rembrandt is dead.

Sheriff Chauncey says: Dead? That makes four.

George Caldwell says: [each time he jumps, falls, is thrown or is pushed off the train] Son of a bitch!

Willy Wonka says: Wrong sir, wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him. It states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if, and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy. I the undersigned shall forfeit all rights privileges and licenses herein and herein contained et cetera et cetera... huhh fax mentis incendium gloria culpum et cetera et cetera... huhh memo bis punitor delicatum! It's all there black and white clear as crystal! You stole fizzylifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized so you get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!

Grandpa Joe says: You're a crook. You're a cheat and a swindler. That's what you are! How can you do a thing like this?! Build up a little boy's hope and then smash all his dreams to pieces! You're an inhuman MONSTER!

Willy Wonka says: I SAID GOOD DAY!

Grandpa Joe says: Mr. Wonka?

Willy Wonka says: I'm extraordinary busy sir.

Grandpa Joe says: Uh I just want to ask about the chocolate. Uh the lifetime supply of chocolate for Charlie. When does he get it?

Willy Wonka says: He doesn't.

Grandpa Joe says: Why not?

Willy Wonka says: Because he broke the rules.

Grandpa Joe says: What rules? We didn't see any rules, did we Charlie?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Igor, help me with the bags.

Igor says: [Imitating Groucho Marx] Soitenly. You take the blonde, I'll take the one in the turban.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: [to Inga from behind the bookcase] Put... the candle... back!

Bart says: Are we awake?

Jim the Waco Kid says: We're not sure. Are we black?

Bart says: Yes, we are.

Jim the Waco Kid says: Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled.

Jim the Waco Kid says: [to Bart, after the old woman insults him] What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny?" "Make yourself at home?" "Marry my daughter?" You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know...morons.

Jim the Waco Kid says: [to Bart, after the old woman insults him] What did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny?' "Make yourself at home?" 'Marry my daughter?' You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know...morons.

Gum-chewer says: Cattle rustling, arson,

Hedley Lamarr says: What have you got in your mouth?!

Gum-chewer says: Nuthin!

Taggart says: [pulls gum out of the man's mouth] Huh! Gum!

Hedley Lamarr says: Chewing gum on line eh?! I hope you brought enough for EVERYBODY??!!!

Gum-chewer says: I I I didn't know there'd be so many, I-

Hedley Lamarr says: [promptly shoots the man]

Jim the Waco Kid says: Boy, is he strict!!

Igor says: "I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha."

Igor says: I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "Igor!"

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Igor!

Igor says: "Froedrick!"

Igor says: Froedrick!

Igor says: "Dr. Frankenstein?"

Igor says: Dr. Frankenstein?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "Fronkensteen."

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Fronkensteen.

Igor says: "What?"

Igor says: What?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN."

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN.

Igor says: "Do you say Froedrick?"

Igor says: Do you say Froedrick?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor."

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor.

Igor says: "It's Igor."

Igor says: It's Igor.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: "But they told me it was Eegor!"

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: But they told me it was Eegor!

Igor says: "Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.!"

Igor says: Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.

Igor says: I can remember what my dad used to say in times like this.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: What did he say?

Igor says: 'What the hell are you doing in the bathroom all day and night? Give someone else a chance!'

Inga says: Dr. Fronkensteen are you alright?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: MY NAME IS FRANKENSTEIN!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: My name is FRANKENSTEIN!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: What a filthy job.

Igor says: Could be worse.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: How?

Igor says: Could be raining...(Thunder followed by rain)

Igor says: Could be raining. [thunder followed by rain]

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: SEDAGIVE?!?!

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: SEDA-GIVE?