Gene was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1933. This one of a kind comedian passed away August 29, 2016 at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Wilder who debuted his acting career during a performance in Off Broadway’s “Roots” in 1961 caught the acting bug quickly. Whether working on-stage, in television or on film he enthralled his audience with his humor and wit.
His masterful title role in Mel Stuart’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will remain one of the most iconic characters of his career. By many he was best known as the lead actor in many of Mel Brooks comedies such as The Producers, The Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks, upon learning of the passing of his longtime colleague Gene Wilder, tweeted “One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.”
Stop by the Library Lobby for a sample of Gene's work and visit our online catalog for a complete collection we have in house.