Gene Wilder

1933 - 2016

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Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, comedian, writer and filmmaker. He is known mainly for his comedic roles, but also for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He is also known for his collaborations with Mel Brooks on the films The Producers (1967), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Young Frankenstein (1974), as well as Richard Pryor in the four films with Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gene Wilder has received more than 15,960,843 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Gene Wilder is the 342nd most popular actor (up from 365th in 2019), the 684th most popular biography from United States (up from 747th in 2019) and the 186th most popular American Actor.

Gene Wilder is most famous for his role as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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  • 83

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  • 2.90

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  • 6.98

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Among actors, Gene Wilder ranks 342 out of 10,030Before him are Larry Hagman, Hattie McDaniel, Jason Robards, Cate Blanchett, Anne Bancroft, and John Cassavetes. After him are Chris Hemsworth, Salma Hayek, Katie McGrath, John Goodman, Andy García, and Ed O'Neill.

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Among people born in 1933, Gene Wilder ranks 29Before him are Elinor Ostrom, Costa-Gavras, Corazon Aquino, Oliver Sacks, Richard Rogers, and Bernardo Provenzano. After him are Paul Biya, Álvaro Siza Vieira, John Barry, Heinrich Rohrer, Kim Novak, and Wilbur Smith. Among people deceased in 2016, Gene Wilder ranks 34Before him are Carrie Fisher, Elie Wiesel, Prince, John Glenn, Bernardo Provenzano, and Andrzej Żuławski. After him are Viktor Korchnoi, Hilary Putnam, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, George Martin, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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Among people born in United States, Gene Wilder ranks 684 out of 15,968Before him are Thorstein Veblen (1857), Anne Bancroft (1931), John Cassavetes (1929), Ritchie Valens (1941), Kenneth Arrow (1921), and John Irving (1942). After him are Robert Nozick (1938), Theodore William Richards (1868), Billy Graham (1918), Jonas Salk (1914), H. H. Holmes (1861), and Francis Fukuyama (1952).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Gene Wilder ranks 186Before him are Walter Matthau (1920), Larry Hagman (1931), Hattie McDaniel (1893), Jason Robards (1922), Anne Bancroft (1931), and John Cassavetes (1929). After him are John Goodman (1952), Ed O'Neill (1946), Kim Novak (1933), Tippi Hedren (1930), Don Johnson (1949), and Ginger Rogers (1911).

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