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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 was known mainly for his comedic roles, but also for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He was also known for his collaborations with Mel Brooks on the films The Producers (1967), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Young Frankenstein (1974), as well as with Richard Pryor in the films 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 17,737,841 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Gene Wilder is the 388th most popular actor (down from 342nd in 2019), the 742nd most popular biography from United States (down from 684th in 2019) and the 194th 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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  • 64.10

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  • 95

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  • 3.01

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  • 7.43

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Among actors, Gene Wilder ranks 388 out of 9,996Before him are Desmond Llewelyn, Frances Farmer, Chow Yun-fat, Gloria Swanson, Richard Griffiths, and Bolo Yeung. After him are Vincent Cassel, Ryan O'Neal, Tippi Hedren, Edward Norton, Emil Jannings, and Burgess Meredith.

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Among people born in 1933, Gene Wilder ranks 41Before him are Stanley Milgram, Steven Weinberg, John Barry, Oliver Sacks, Gian Maria Volonté, and Bernardo Provenzano. After him are Quincy Jones, Jerzy Grotowski, Paul J. Crutzen, Richard R. Ernst, Jayne Mansfield, and Samora Machel. Among people deceased in 2016, Gene Wilder ranks 35Before him are John Glenn, Andrzej Żuławski, Carrie Fisher, Nancy Reagan, Věra Čáslavská, and Bernardo Provenzano. After him are George Gaynes, James Cronin, Walter Scheel, Hilary Putnam, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Michael Cimino.

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Among people born in United States, Gene Wilder ranks 742 out of 18,182Before him are Nellie Bly (1864), George Cukor (1899), Keith Haring (1958), David Fincher (1962), W. Edwards Deming (1900), and Eliot Ness (1903). After him are Irving Fisher (1867), Ryan O'Neal (1941), Tippi Hedren (1930), Edward Norton (1969), Burgess Meredith (1907), and Alice Cooper (1948).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Gene Wilder ranks 194Before him are Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), John Goodman (1952), Roy Scheider (1932), Frances Farmer (1913), and Gloria Swanson (1899). After him are Ryan O'Neal (1941), Tippi Hedren (1930), Edward Norton (1969), Burgess Meredith (1907), Mark Hamill (1951), and Tobin Bell (1942).

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