|RT | Aug 29, 2016|
Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1933. He began acting at the age of 12.
Although his career began in the theater, he was known as a comedic icon for his roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and for his work with director Mel Brooks in a slew of movies, including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and The Producers.
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
He was nominated, but did not win, Oscars for his portrayal of Leo Bloom in The Producers and for co-writing Young Frankenstein with Brooks.
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