Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

  • Highest Rated: 94% Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Funny About Love (1990)
  • Birthday: Jun 11, 1933
  • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • With his wild curly hair, large expressive blue eyes, slight lisp, and nervous mannerism, Gene Wilder seemed on the surface the epitome of the mild-mannered bookkeeper type, but a close look reveals a volatile energy lying beneath the milquetoast, a mad spark in the eye, and a tendency to explode into discombobulated manic hilarity, usually as a result of being unable to handle the chaos that surrounded his characters. In fact one might have labeled Wilder the consummate reactor rather than a traditional thespian. During the 1970s, Wilder starred in some of the decade's most popular comedies. Wilder was at his best when he was collaborating with Mel Brooks. Such films as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles became modern American classics. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Wilder was born Jerome "Jerry" Silberman in Milwaukee, WI. His father manufactured miniature beer and whiskey bottles. Wilder began studying drama and working in summer stock while studying at the University of Iowa. Following graduation, he furthered his dramatic studies at England's Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Wilder was an exceptional fencer and while there won the school's fencing championship. Upon his return to the U.S., Wilder supported himself by teaching fencing. At other times, he also drove a limo and sold toys. After gaining experience off-Broadway in the early '60s, Wilder joined the Actors Studio. This led to several successful Broadway appearances. Wilder made his feature film debut playing a small but memorable role as a timid undertaker who is kidnapped by the protagonists of Arthur Penn's violent Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The following year he worked with Mel Brooks for the first time, co-starring opposite Zero Mostel in the screamingly funny Producers (1968). His role as the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who is seduced into a mad scheme by a once powerful Broadway producer into a crazy money-making scheme. Wilder's performance earned him an Oscar nomination. In his next film, Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), Wilder demonstrated his fencing prowess while playing one of two pairs of twins separated at birth during the years of the French Revolution. He demonstrated a more dramatic side in the underrated romantic comedy/drama Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (aka Fun Loving) (1970). The following year, Wilder starred in what many fondly remember as one of his best roles, that of the mad chocolatier Willy Wonka in the darkly comic musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Despite these and other efforts, Wilder did not become a major star until Young Frankenstein (1974), a loving and uproarious send-up of Universal horror movies for which he and Brooks wrote the script. Following the tremendous success of Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974), Wilder struck out on his own, making his solo screenwriting and directorial debut with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) which co-starred fellow Brooks alumni Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman. Like his subsequent directorial efforts the humor was fitful and the direction uneven. He did however have a minor hit as the director and star of The Woman in Red (1984). As an actor, Wilder fared better with the smash hit Silver Streak (1976). As much of a romantic action-adventure as it was a comedy, it would be the first of several successful pairings with comedian Richard Pryor. Their second movie together, Stir Crazy (1980), was also a hit while their third and fourth pairings in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1990) were much weaker. While appearing in Hanky Panky, Wilder met and married comedienne Gilda Radner. When she passed away in 1989 from cancer, Wilder was reputedly devastated. He stopped making and appearing in films after 1991; he did, however, try his hand at situation comedy in the short-lived Something Wilder (1994-1995). In the 90s he wrote and starred in a couple of made for TV murder mysteries and in 2008 he was

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

88% Love, Gilda Actor 2018
No Score Yet Role Model: Gene Wilder Actor 2008
50% The Producers Actor $19.2M 2005
No Score Yet Expo: Magic of the White City Narrator 2005
33% Alice in Wonderland Mock Turtle 1999
No Score Yet The Lady in Question Larry `Cash' Carter Screenwriter 1999
11% Another You George/Abe Fielding 1991
0% Funny About Love Duffy Bergman 1990
28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Dave Screenwriter 1989
18% Haunted Honeymoon Screenwriter Larry Abbot Director 1986
35% The Woman in Red Screenwriter Teddy Pierce Director 1984
33% Hanky Panky Michael Jordon 1982
67% Stir Crazy Skip Donahue 1980
50% The Frisco Kid Avram 1979
17% The World's Greatest Lover Screenwriter Producer Rudy Valentine/Rudy Hickman Rudy Valentine Director 1977
80% Silver Streak George Caldwell 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Director Sigerson Holmes Screenwriter 1975
94% Young Frankenstein Screenwriter Dr. Frederick Frankenstein 1974
No Score Yet The Little Prince The Fox 1974
No Score Yet Thursday's Game Harry Evers 1974
91% Blazing Saddles Jim 1974
No Score Yet Rhinoceros Stanley 1974
86% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask Dr. Ross 1972
No Score Yet Scarecrow Actor 1972
91% Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka $4.1M 1971
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company Actor 1971
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Claude/Philippe 1970
No Score Yet Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Quackser Fortune 1970
90% The Producers Leo Bloom 1968
88% Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard 1967
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Bernard 1966
No Score Yet Sunday Lovers Actor

TV

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Credit

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No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Mr. Stein
  • 2003
  • 2002

QUOTES FROM Gene Wilder CHARACTERS

Willy Wonka
Welcome my friends, welcome to my chocolate factory.
Willy Wonka
There, see. Completely unharmed.
Mrs. Teevee
You call that unharmed?
Willy Wonka
Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
It's alive!
Charlie
Mr. Wonka, they won't really be burned in the furnace, will they?
Willy Wonka
Hm... well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven't they?
Willy Wonka
Hm, well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven't they?
Mrs. Gloop
Don't just stand there, do something!
Willy Wonka
Help. Police. Murder.
Eugene Grizzard
Step on it Velma!
Elizabeth
Taffeta, darling.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Taffeta, sweetheart.
Elizabeth
No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily.
Willy Wonka
Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker
Willy Wonka
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.
Bart
Are we awake? .
Bart
Are we awake?
Jim the Waco Kid
We're not sure. Are we...black?
Jim the Waco Kid
We're not sure. Are we... black?
Bart
Yes we are.
Jim the Waco Kid
Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled
Jim the Waco Kid
Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled.
Willy Wonka
Strike that! Reverse it!
Igor
Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Frokensteen.
Igor
You're putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it pronounced, "Frokensteen".
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it pronounced, 'Frokensteen'.
Igor
Do you also say Froaderick?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No . . . "Frederick."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No... 'Frederick.'
Igor
Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Frokensteen"?
Igor
Well, why isn't it 'Froaderick Frokensteen'?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
It isn't, it's "Frederick Frokensteen"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
It isn't, it's 'Frederick Frokensteen'.
Igor
I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor. [He pronounces it ee-gor.]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor. [he pronounces it ee-gor.]
Igor
No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
Igor
No, it's pronounced 'eye-gor.'
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was "ee-gor"..
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was 'ee-gor'..
Igor
Well, they were wrong then, weren"t they?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Life! Life, do you hear me?! Give my creation LIIIFEEE!!!!!!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Life! Life, do you hear me?! Give my creation LIIIFEEE!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
From the very first day when filthy bits of slime crawled out of the sea and called to the stars "I am man", our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we will hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens! We shall mock the earthquake! We shall command the thunders and PENETRATE THE VERY WOMB OF IMPERVIOUS NATURE HERSELF!!!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
From the very first day when filthy bits of slime crawled out of the sea and called to the stars 'I am man', our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we will hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens! We shall mock the earthquake! We shall command the thunders and PENETRATE THE VERY WOMB OF IMPERVIOUS NATURE HERSELF!
Inga
Hello. Do you want to go for a roll in the hay?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Err...
Inga
(singing) Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!
Inga
[singing] Roll, a roll, a roll in the hay!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Whose brain did you put in him?
Igor
Err... Abby something...
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Abby who?
Igor
Abby... Normal. Yes that's it, Abby Normal!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA!!!???
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Are you saying that you put an abnormal brain in a 7 foot tall, 54 inch wide GORILLA?
Mr. Salt
(about the chocolate river) It's polluted!
Mr. Salt
[about the chocolate river] It's polluted!
Willy Wonka
It's chocolate!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Wow. What Knockers!
Inga
Why thank you, Doctor.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"Nice hopping".
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Nice hopping.
Bart
So, what's your name?
Jim the Waco Kid
My name is Jim. But most people call me......Jim.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
You must be Igor?
Igor
No, it's pronounced, 'Eyegor'.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
They told me it was Igor.
Igor
Well they were wrong then, weren't they?
Willy Wonka
We are the music makers and we are the dreams of the dreams.
Willy Wonka
You both went into the soda room without permission! You both bumped into the ceiling, which must be washed and sterilized, so you get NOTHING! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY SIR!
Willy Wonka
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What a filthy job!
Igor
Could be worse.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
How?
Igor
Could be raining. *starts raining*
Jim the Waco Kid
*holds up right hand* Look at that.
Bart
Steady as a rock.
Jim the Waco Kid
Yeah, but I shoot with this hand. *holds up right hand, shaking*
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Damn your eyes!
Igor
Too late.
Willy Wonka
Invention is 93% perspiration 6% inspiration 3% perspiration and 2% butter scotch ripple.
Jim the Waco Kid
That little Bastard shot me right in the ass!
Jim the Waco Kid
Don't know how you did it.
Bart
He was nothing, the bitch was inventing the Candy Gram and they probably won't even give me credit for it.
Frau Bluecher
Would the doctor care for a brandy before retiring?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No. Thank you.
Frau Bluecher
Some warm milk, perhaps?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, thank you very much. No thanks.
Frau Bluecher
Ovaltine?
Willy Wonka
So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.
Willy Wonka
" Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!"
Willy Wonka
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!
Willy Wonka
The snozberries taste like snozberries.
Willy Wonka
Remember Charlie, don't forget the tale of the man who got everything he wanted.
Charlie
What happened?
Willy Wonka
He lived happily ever after.
Willy Wonka
The suspense is terrible...I hope It'll last.
George Caldwell
[Grover has just told George they have to jump from the train] No! I've left this train twice already!
Sheriff Chauncey
Is he with the feds?
George Caldwell
Who?
Sheriff Chauncey
This guy Rembrandt.
George Caldwell
Rembrandt is dead.
Sheriff Chauncey
Dead? That makes four.
George Caldwell
[each time he jumps, falls, is thrown or is pushed off the train] Son of a bitch!
Willy Wonka
Wrong sir, wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him. It states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if, and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy. I the undersigned shall forfeit all rights privileges and licenses herein and herein contained et cetera et cetera... huhh fax mentis incendium gloria culpum et cetera et cetera... huhh memo bis punitor delicatum! It's all there black and white clear as crystal! You stole fizzylifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized so you get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!
Grandpa Joe
You're a crook. You're a cheat and a swindler. That's what you are! How can you do a thing like this?! Build up a little boy's hope and then smash all his dreams to pieces! You're an inhuman MONSTER!
Willy Wonka
I SAID GOOD DAY!
Grandpa Joe
Mr. Wonka?
Willy Wonka
I'm extraordinary busy sir.
Grandpa Joe
Uh I just want to ask about the chocolate. Uh the lifetime supply of chocolate for Charlie. When does he get it?
Willy Wonka
He doesn't.
Grandpa Joe
Why not?
Willy Wonka
Because he broke the rules.
Grandpa Joe
What rules? We didn't see any rules, did we Charlie?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Igor, help me with the bags.
Igor
[Imitating Groucho Marx] Soitenly. You take the blonde, I'll take the one in the turban.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
[to Inga from behind the bookcase] Put... the candle... back!
Bart
Are we awake?
Jim the Waco Kid
We're not sure. Are we black?
Bart
Yes, we are.
Jim the Waco Kid
Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled.
Jim the Waco Kid
[to Bart, after the old woman insults him] What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny?" "Make yourself at home?" "Marry my daughter?" You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know...morons.
Jim the Waco Kid
[to Bart, after the old woman insults him] What did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny?' "Make yourself at home?" 'Marry my daughter?' You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know...morons.
Gum-chewer
Cattle rustling, arson,
Hedley Lamarr
What have you got in your mouth?!
Gum-chewer
Nuthin!
Taggart
[pulls gum out of the man's mouth] Huh! Gum!
Hedley Lamarr
Chewing gum on line eh?! I hope you brought enough for EVERYBODY??!!!
Gum-chewer
I I I didn't know there'd be so many, I-
Hedley Lamarr
[promptly shoots the man]
Jim the Waco Kid
Boy, is he strict!!
Igor
"I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha."
Igor
I've got no body, nobody's got me. Hachachacha.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"Igor!"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Igor!
Igor
"Froedrick!"
Igor
Froedrick!
Igor
"Dr. Frankenstein?"
Igor
Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"Fronkensteen."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Fronkensteen.
Igor
"What?"
Igor
What?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
My name is Dr. FRONKENSTEEN.
Igor
"Do you say Froedrick?"
Igor
Do you say Froedrick?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor."
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
No, it's Frederick. But you must be Eegor.
Igor
"It's Igor."
Igor
It's Igor.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
"But they told me it was Eegor!"
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
But they told me it was Eegor!
Igor
"Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.!"
Igor
Well I guess they'd be wrong then, wouldn't they.
Igor
I can remember what my dad used to say in times like this.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What did he say?
Igor
'What the hell are you doing in the bathroom all day and night? Give someone else a chance!'
Inga
Dr. Fronkensteen are you alright?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
MY NAME IS FRANKENSTEIN!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
My name is FRANKENSTEIN!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
What a filthy job.
Igor
Could be worse.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
How?
Igor
Could be raining...(Thunder followed by rain)
Igor
Could be raining. [thunder followed by rain]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
SEDAGIVE?!?!
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
SEDA-GIVE?