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How rich was Gene Wilder?

Gene Wilder net worth:
$20 Million

Gene Wilder information

Gene Wilder information

Birth date: June 11, 1933
Birth place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Death date: August 29, 2016
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Profession:Comedian, Actor, Author, Screenwriter, Film director, Writer
Nationality:American
Spouse:Karen Boyer (m. 1991), Gilda Radner (m. 1984–1989)
Children:Katharine Wilder
Parents:Jeanne Baer Silberman, William J. Silberman

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Jerome Silberman was born on 11th June 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, of Russian Jewish descent. As Gene Wilder, he was  as an actor, a screenwriter, and an author, especially known for his roles in “The Producers” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)”. Some people remember him also for his role as Willy Wonka in the film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, released in 1971. He passed away in August 2016.

So just how rich was Gene Wilder? Sources estimate his net worth was $20 million, most of his money having been made in the movie industry, as an actor, a screenwriter, a director and a producer; but also as a stage actor and an author, during a career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 50 years.

Gene Wilder Net Worth $20 Million

Gene Wilder graduated from the University of Iowa, where he studied Communication and Theater Arts. He started his acting career on the stage, and made his Broadway debut in 1961 in the play “The Complaisant Lover”. His Broadway career included roles in numerous plays, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The White House”, “Mother Courage and Her Children” and “Luv”. Gene Wilder came back to the stage in 1996, in London, where he played in “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” – all contributed to his net worth.

His first role in a movie came in 1967 in “Bonnie and Clyde”, but he really became known in the industry after “The Producers”, a film in which he played the role of Leo Bloom and for which he received an Academy Award nomination. An important moment in Gene Wilder’s career was his role in Woody Allen’s 1972 film “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)”, which was a hit and grossed $18 million, the equivalent of more than $100 million in 2016. Then there were his performances, unforgetable to audiences, in  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Blazing Saddles”, and “Young Frankenstein” which made him famous and a real comic actor icon. Some of his other movies with high commercial success were “Silver Streak” and “Stir Crazy”. During this period he also wrote and directed movies, such as “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother” and “The World’s Greatest Lover”. Overall, he appeared in more than 30 films and television series, and wrote nine screenplays.

Gene Wilder semi-retired around the late ’90s, but he continued making television appearances in several shows, including “E! True Hollywood Story”, “The Frank Skinner Show”, and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”. Throughout his acting career, critics often described him as ‘amusingly watchable’, and audiences were seldom disappointed.

Wilder  turned his attention to writing, which added money to his net worth as an author, as he published a memoir, three novels and several short stories.

In his personal life, Gene Wilder married four times. His first three marriages were to Mary Mercier(1960-65), to Mary Joan Schutz(1967-74), and to Gilda Radner from 1984 until her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. Gene Wilder suffered after his Gina’s death and began speaking about cancer awareness. The actor married for the fourth time in 1991, to Karen Boyer, and they were together until his death from Alzheimer’s and complications on 29 August 2016.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yo Gabba Gabba! 2015 TV Series Elmer
Will & Grace 2002-2003 TV Series Mr. Stein
The Lady in Question 1999 TV Movie Larry 'Cash' Carter
Alice in Wonderland 1999 TV Movie Mock Turtle
Murder in a Small Town 1999 TV Movie Cash Carter
Sesame Street 1989-1996 TV Series 'Imagination Rain' singer / Letterman / 'Tion' singer
Something Wilder 1994-1995 TV Series Gene Bergman
Eligible Dentist 1993 TV Movie Toby
Another You 1991 George / Abe Fielding
Funny About Love 1990 Duffy Bergman
See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 Dave Lyons
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 Larry Abbot
The Woman in Red 1984 Teddy Pierce
Hanky Panky 1982 Michael Jordon
Stir Crazy 1980 Skip Donahue
Les séducteurs 1980 Skippy (segment "Skippy")
The Frisco Kid 1979 Avram
The World's Greatest Lover 1977 Rudy Hickman
Silver Streak 1976 George
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 Sigerson Holmes
Young Frankenstein 1974 Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
The Little Prince 1974 The Fox
Thursday's Game 1974 TV Movie Harry Evers
Blazing Saddles 1974 Jim
Rhinoceros 1974 Stanley
Acts of Love and Other Comedies 1973 TV Movie Herb Waterman
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask 1972 Doctor Ross
The Scarecrow 1972 TV Movie Lord Ravensbane
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 Willy Wonka
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx 1970 Quackser Fortune
Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 Claude / Philippe
The Producers 1967 Leo Bloom
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Eugene Grizzard
Death of a Salesman 1966 TV Movie Bernard
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962-1963 TV Series Reporter / Wilson / Muller
The Defenders 1962 TV Series Waiter
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1962 TV Series Yussel
Play of the Week 1961 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voice UK 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the Playroom 2012 Video short performer: "Pure Imagination" - uncredited
Atop the Fourth Wall 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alice in Wonderland 1999 TV Movie performer: "Will You Won't Join The Dance", "Beautiful Soup"
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 performer: "Always in All Ways", "Get Happy"
Stir Crazy 1980 performer: "Crazy"
The World's Greatest Lover 1977 writer: "Ain't It Kinda Wonderful"
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 performer: "The Kangaroo Hop", "You Don't Love As I Do", "Un Ballo in Maschera A Masked Ball: Singing at the Party; I Want You Now; Very Sexy Wine" - uncredited
Young Frankenstein 1974 performer: "Puttin' on the Ritz" - uncredited
The Little Prince 1974 performer: "Closer And Closer And Closer"
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 performer: "Pure Imagination", "Wondrous Boat Ride" - uncredited
The Producers 1967 performer: "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lady in Question 1999 TV Movie written by
Murder in a Small Town 1999 TV Movie written by
See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 screenplay
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 written by
The Woman in Red 1984 written by
Les séducteurs 1980 segment "Skippy"
The World's Greatest Lover 1977 written by
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975
Young Frankenstein 1974 screen story and screenplay

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Haunted Honeymoon 1986
The Woman in Red 1984
Les séducteurs 1980 segment "Skippy"
The World's Greatest Lover 1977
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The World's Greatest Lover 1977 producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
LeagueOne: In the Spotlight! 2016 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Role Model: Gene Wilder 2008 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: photos courtesy of
Citizen Candy Man: A Chocumentary 2005 Short everlasting thanks
Back in the Saddle 2001 Video documentary short special thanks
And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker 1996 Video documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Annie and the Hoods 1974 TV Special Himself
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in Supporting Role
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016 TV Movie Himself
Celebrating Laughter: The Life and Films of Colin Higgins 2016 Documentary Himself
Private Screenings 2014 TV Series Himself
Role Model: Gene Wilder 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Legends 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Broadway Beat 2007 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
EXPO: Magic of the White City 2005 Video documentary Narrator
HARDtalk Extra 2005 TV Series Himself
This Morning 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Richard & Judy 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
NewsNight with Aaron Brown 2005 TV Series Himself
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute 2004 TV Movie Himself
The Making of 'The Producers' 2002 Video documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles 2001 TV Series documentary
Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Back in the Saddle 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor 1999 TV Movie Himself
Young Frankenstein: Building the Perfect Beast 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Showbiz Today 1991-1999 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frank Skinner Show 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Laurence Olivier Awards 1997 1997 TV Special Himself
And It's Goodnight from Him: The Very Best of Ronnie Barker 1996 Video documentary Himself
Making Frankensense of 'Young Frankenstein' 1996 Video documentary short Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Party for Richard Pryor 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
Good Morning America 1989-1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
Wogan 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hello Actors Studio 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The Woman in Red' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1982 TV Movie Himself
Cinéma cinémas 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Himself - Interviewee
Lørdagshjørnet 1978 TV Series Himself
Ciné regards 1978 TV Series documentary Himself
La nuit des Césars 1978 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor
Donahue 1978 TV Series Himself - Guest
Bitte umblättern 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis 1977 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Revista de cine 1976 TV Series Himself
Film '72 1976 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2016: Famous Faces We've Lost 2017 Video short Himself
Inside Edition 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
2016: We Remember Part One 2016 TV Movie documentary Various Characters
Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years at the BBC 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Twenty-Eight Hits for Laughs 2015 TV Series Willy Wonka
Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Dr. Frankenstein
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary George / Skip Donahue
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Willy Wonka
American Masters 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2012 TV Series Dr. Frankenstein
This Means War 2012 Himself - Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (uncredited)
Danske Hollywoodfruer 2010 TV Series Himself
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Leo Bloom (uncredited)
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Various
¿De qué te ríes? 2006 TV Movie Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! 2003 TV Special documentary
Gilda Radner's Greatest Moments 2002 TV Special Himself
Heroes of Black Comedy 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Dr. Frankenstein / Himself
Gilmore Girls 2000 TV Series Willy Wonka
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary Dr. Frankenstein
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1989 TV Series David Lions
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'Young Frankenstein' (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Leopold 'Leo' Bloom

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Special Award Online Film Critics Society Awards
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace (1998)
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
1976 Nebula Award Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Best Dramatic Writing Young Frankenstein (1974) · Mel Brooks
1975 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Young Frankenstein (1974) · Mel Brooks (screen story/screenplay/director)
· Mary Shelley (based on the characters in the novel by)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace (1998)
2000 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Television Feature or Miniseries Murder in a Small Town (1999) · Gilbert Pearlman (screenplay)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Alice in Wonderland (1999)
1979 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Fake Accent: Male The Frisco Kid (1979)
1979 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst On-Screen Couple The Frisco Kid (1979) · Harrison Ford
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Silver Streak (1976)
1975 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material Young Frankenstein (1974) · Mel Brooks
1975 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium Young Frankenstein (1974) · Mel Brooks
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
1969 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Producers (1967)

TitleSalary
The Producers (1967) $10,000

#Fact
1 Remained close friends with Kelly LeBrock after the release of The Woman in Red (1984).
2 He became a surrogate father to Kelly LeBrock, when she lost her father in real-life.
3 Acting mentor and friends with Kelly LeBrock.
4 Has appeared in four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: Blazing Saddles (1974) at #6, The Producers (1967) at #11, Young Frankenstein (1974) at #13 and Silver Streak (1976) at #95.
5 Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes given to his family.
6 Gene Wilder guest-starred on the Will & Grace (1998) episode "Boardroom and a Parked Place" (2002) as Will's new boss, Mr. Stein. As Will is trying to boost Mr. Stein's confidence, he has Stein shout, "I am Stein! I am Stein!." In an outtake from the episode, Will stands up and shouts, "You're Frankenstein!".
7 Pursued a career in comedic acting to cheer up his mother when she was suffering from heart disease.
8 He was set to reunite with Richard Pryor in Trading Places (1983) until Pryor dropped out. When Eddie Murphy was cast, he requested that Wilder be replaced, as he did not want to come-off as a poor substitute for Pryor.
9 In October 2001, he read from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as part of a special benefit performance held at the Westport Country Playhouse to support families affected by the September 11 attacks. Also in 2001, Wilder donated a collection of scripts, correspondences, documents, photographs, and clipped images to the University of Iowa Libraries.
10 Died on August 29, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. His nephew said in a statement, "We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones - this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn't vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him "there's Willy Wonka," would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world." (Statement Via Variety).
11 He was offered Red Buttons' role in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), which he turned down due to scheduling conflicts.
12 Mel Brooks offered him the role of Ippolit in The Twelve Chairs (1970). But Wilder wanted to play the role of Ostap instead. Brooks refused to cast Wilder because Ostap is described in the novel as "devilishly handsome". Wilder said that he was not offended by this, but still decided not to do the film. The roles went to Ron Moody and Frank Langella.
13 Mel Brooks wanted him to star in High Anxiety (1977), which he turned down due to scheduling conflicts. Brooks took the role himself.
14 He turned down Jon Voight's role in Catch-22 (1970) in order to play twins in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970).
15 He auditioned for the role of the drifter Vin Tannen in The Magnificent Seven (1960), which went to Steve McQueen.
16 He was considered for the Moon King in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), which went to Robin Williams.
17 He was offered a cameo role in The BFG (2016), which, like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), was based on a book by Roald Dahl, but he declined.
18 He was considered for the role of Royal Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), which went to Gene Hackman.
19 He was considered for a supporting role in Lady in the Water (2006).
20 Lived in Stamford, Connecticut until his death.
21 Wilder was a supporter of the Democratic Party for many years, and staunchly opposed U.S. actions in the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He supported Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 presidential election.
22 In 1991, the Best Man at his wedding was his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman. Twenty-four years later, Wilder served as Best Man Emeritus, Ring Bearer, and Parent of the Groom at Walker-Pearlman's wedding to Elizabeth Hunter. He was recorded dancing down the aisle.
23 For an American Film Institute poll, Wilder designated The Circus (1928) as his favourite film.
24 His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Gene had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
25 According to his memoir "Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art", he consider his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, whom he helped raise, his son.
26 According to his memoir "Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art", his cancer was in complete remission.
27 Was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Producers (1967) but lost to Jack Albertson, who won for The Subject Was Roses (1968). Both Wilder and Albertson would later co-star in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
28 He adopted Mary Joan Schutz's daughter, Katharine Anastasia, but became estranged from her when she was in her early 20s.
29 Attended the University of Iowa, as did Ashton Kutcher, Mary Beth Hurt and Ben Rollins.
30 His performance as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) is ranked #38 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
31 His performance as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein ("that's FRONKensteen") in Young Frankenstein (1974) is ranked #9 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
32 He claimed that before Mel Brooks recruited him, he regarded himself as more of a dramatic actor than a comedic actor.
33 While serving in the United States Army, he was assigned as a Medic to the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He worked in treating psychiatric patients.
34 When he chose his stage name, he chose "Wilder" because he loved Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town". He chose the name "Gene" simply because he liked this, not realizing until later this was because his mother's name was Jeanne (she was sick for most of his childhood, and he spent much of his time entertaining her as a kid to keep her happy and her spirits up. He subconsciously chose the name because he loved her so much and in honour of her).
35 Treated his cancer with an adult stem-cell treatment. Made a full recovery from cancer. [2000]
36 He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy. [1999]
37 Served with the United States Army from 1956-1958. Served in the Medical Corps section in the United States Army.
38 Campaigned with Elaine May and Renée Taylor for Eugene McCarthy, Allard Lowenstein and Paul O'Dwyer. [1968]
39 Uncle of director-screenwriter Jordan Walker-Pearlman.
40 Said he picked the name 'Gene Wilder' because he could not see a 'Jerry Silberman' playing Hamlet. He admitted that he could not see 'Gene Wilder' playing Hamlet either.
41 Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa (1955). Was a lifelong brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
42 Wife Karen Boyer, is a former speech pathologist. They first met when he consulted with her about playing the role of a deaf man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
43 After his wife Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer, Gene co-founded Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of the disease.
44 Attended and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1951).
45 Won the Clarence Derwent award for the Broadway play "The Complaisant Lover" in 1962.
46 Had starred with Richard Pryor in four movies: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991).
47 Had played a man wrongly accused of committing a crime in five movies: Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).

#Quote
1 I'm quietly political. I don't like advertising. Giving money to someone or support, but not getting on a bandstand. I don't want to run for president in 2008. I will write another book instead.
2 I'm going to tell you what my religion is: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Period. Terminato. Finito. I have no other religion. I feel very Jewish and I feel very grateful to be Jewish. But I don't believe in God or anything to do with the Jewish religion.
3 Lots of things are hard work, but I think writing, for me, after I started acting at 13 years old. I like writing now much more than I do acting only because, well, partly because the scripts that are offered are junk.
4 My basic mistake in The World's Greatest Lover (1977) was that I made the leading character a neurotic kook and sent him to Hollywood. I should have made him a perfectly normal, sane, ordinary person, and sent him to Hollywood. The audience identifies with the lead character.
5 I love the art of acting, and I love film, because you always have anther chance if you want it. You know, if we - if this isn't going well, you can't say - well, you could say - let's stop. Let's start over again, Gene, because you were too nervous.
6 I'm not so funny. Gilda was funny. I'm funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while. But she was funny. She spent more time worrying about being liked than anything else.
7 I wanted to do - there was this film called Magic (1978) that Anthony Hopkins did. And the director wanted me. The writer wanted me. Joe Levine said no, I don't want any comedians in this.
8 I don't mean to sound - I don't want it to come out funny, but I don't like show business. I love - I love acting in films. I love it.
9 I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I'm on the right track. But yes, I don't like to get Maudlin. And I have a tendency towards it.
10 Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do - sing, dance, joke about - then they take that as love.
11 I'm funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while.
12 A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, "That's what a child would do.".
13 Great art direction is NOT the same thing as great film direction!
14 My mother was suffering every day of her life, and what right did I have to be happy if she was suffering? So whenever I got happy about something, I felt the need to cut it off, and the only way to cut it off was to pray. "Forgive me Lord." For what, I didn't know.
15 So my idea of neurotic is spending too much time trying to correct a wrong. When I feel that I'm doing that, then I snap out of it.
16 I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky.
17 I never thought of it as God. I didn't know what to call it. I don't believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them.
18 [on Zero Mostel] You may have heard stories about how bombastic, aggressive, and dictatorial Zero might be. It didn't happen with me. He always took care of me. I loved him. He looked after me as if I were a baby sparrow.
19 [on Mel Brooks] There's not much white sugar in Mel's veins. He would never ask an audience for sympathy.
20 [on why he doesn't make movies anymore] I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky.
21 [on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)] I think it's an insult. It's probably Warner Brothers' insult. Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director [Tim Burton]. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did.
22 [on his longtime comedic partnership with Richard Pryor] Silver Streak (1976) was very good, we got along really swell. But when we did Stir Crazy (1980), he would come in 15 minutes late, 30 minutes late, 45 minutes late, an hour late. [Director] Sidney Poitier was going nuts.
23 [on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] Well, you know, it wasn't a success when it came out. And I heard some talk about mothers who thought it was cruel to the children. What... what they and everyone else found out later on was that maybe some mothers felt that way, but the children didn't feel that way. The children understood the movie very well. That there are limits. And they want to know the limits. And it's reassuring to know that someone can tell you what the limits are, and that's what Willy Wonka did.
24 [on being asked to play Willy Wonka] I said, "I'd like to come out with a cane, and be crippled," and I said, "because no one will know from that time on whether I'm lying or telling the truth." And he said, "You mean--if we don't do that, you won't do the part?" And I said, "Yeah, that's what I'm saying." [imitates the producer mumbling to himself] "Okay. Okay. We'll do it." And I, and I meant it, too. Because it was a tricky part. But that element, of "who knows? is he lying, or is he telling the truth?" is what my main motor was. And I liked that; it appealed to me a lot.
25 [on his relationship with Richard Pryor] We were never good friends, contrary to popular belief. We turned it on for the camera, then turned it off. He was a pretty unpleasant person to be around during the time we worked together. He was going through his drug problems then and didn't want a friendship outside of what we did on the screen.
26 [on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the remake of his Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] I haven't seen it. I like Depp [Johnny Depp], but when I heard they were doing a remake, I heard, "Mistake". When I saw clips on television, and I saw what Depp was doing, I thought, "Don't see that movie--you like Depp too much." I always get comments: "Yours is better". I know they're talking about "Willie Wonka".
27 [on Mel Brooks] We are not interested in polite titters, we want the audience rolling on the floor and falling about. Mel works on his feet -- it's a hit and miss, hit and miss, hit and miss. Then in the editing he will take out the misses!
28 I'm not so funny. Gilda [Gilda Radner] was funny. I'm funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while. But she was funny. She spent more time worrying about being liked than anything else.
29 [on his role in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)] And that's not an easy task, being in bed with a sheep, especially if you make the sheep nervous. I'm not going to go on, if you know what I'm talking about.
30 [on the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) to the Daily Telegraph] It's all about money. It's just some people sitting around thinking, "How can we make some more money?" Why else would you remake "Willy Wonka" [Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)]?
31 Woody [Woody Allen] makes a movie as if he were lighting 10,000 safety matches to illuminate a city. Each one is a little epiphany: topical, ethnic or political.
32 [on Mel Brooks] A loud kind of Jewish genius--maybe that's as close as you can get to defining him.

#Trademark
1 Often worked with Mel Brooks
2 Often worked with Richard Pryor
3 Often played highly eccentric yet likeable characters
4 Curly brown hair and blue eyes
5 Soft mellow voice
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Is Gene Wilder's Net Worth Deserved?

  • Jilly Mc

    The 1971 film starring iconic actor Gene Wilder was titled “Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory,” NOT “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.” “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” was the name of the book the film was based upon, and was the title of the film made in 2005 that starred Johnny Depp. Also, in the last paragraph, they decided to call Gilda Radner “Gina” – no one ever called Gilda “Gina.” Truly bad reporting/writing!!! Ever heard of research?

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