Gene Wilder, born on June 11, 1933 as Jerome Silber was an American actor, producer, director, singer-songwriter and author.

He is known for his many portrayals and contributions to American film and entertainment. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) was an iconic role for Gene Wilder.

Throughout his career, he was nominated for two Golden Globe awards for Best Actor in Motion Picture or Comedy for his role as Willy Wonka and his role as George Caldwell in Silver Streak. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in The Producers and for writing the adapted screenplay for Young Frankenstein.

He landed an Emmy Award for his guest performance on Will and Grace in 2003.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native studied at University of Iowa and lived in Stamford, Connecticut up until he ended his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

On August 29, 2016, at age 83, Gene Wilder died.

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