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  • Gene Wilder

    Born on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

awards & nominations

Silver Streak (1976)

Gene Wilder as "George"

While on a cross-country train ride, overworked book editor George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) begins an unexpected romance with an enigmatic woman named Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh). His vacation is interrupted, however, when he witnesses a murder for which he is then accused. The true villains kidnap Hilly and eject Caldwell from the moving train. Desperate, Caldwell teams up with car thief Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor), and together they must save Hilly while avoiding the police.

Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Gene Wilder as "Willy Wonka"

The last of five coveted "golden tickets" falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.

Golden Globe (1971) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Producers (1968)

Gene Wilder as "Leo Bloom"

Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled "Springtime for Hitler", with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.

Academy Award (1968) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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