Wilder, Gene

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Wilder, Gene Gender: M
Jerome Silberman
born on 11 June 1933 at 03:50 (= 03:50 AM )
Place Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 43n02, 87w54
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 20°00' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 04°56 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 12°54'

Gene Wilder
photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci at http://flickr.com/photos/caroline_b, license gfdl


American comedian and actor who made his screen debut in "Bonnie And Clyde" followed by "The Producers." A frenetic, talented and uncontrollable comic, he also played in, "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex." In 1975, he began directing his own films, as well as writing and producing.

The son of a Russian immigrant who found success in the U.S., Wilder studied acting in his home town until 1956 when he went to England to train for theater at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He joined the Army and spent two years in the neuropsychiatric hospital ward, which experience he later tapped on in the stage version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Returning to the U.S. and New York City, he spent four years at Lee Strasberg's school. In 1967 he received his first film break when he was cast as a jittery undertaker in the Oscar award winning "Bonnie and Clyde." Once again a twist of fate, he met Mel Brooks through a friend and appeared in his film spoof, "Springtime for Hitler," which was the working title for the movie "The Producers."

In 1967, he married Mary Jo Schutz, his sister's college roommate, a marriage that eventually ended in divorce. While filming "Hanky Panky" in 1982, Wilder met Gilda Radner and they lived together off and on for two years before marrying in 1985. When Radner began her struggle with cancer, Wilder put his career on hold and fought her cancer with her. Their marriage was an extremely happy one and her death in 1988 was devastating to him. He met his fourth wife while researching and rewriting the script for "See No Evil, Hear No Evil." Meeting Karen Webb to work on the scripts led to his latest happy marriage, 1991.

In 1999 Wilder was diagnosed with cancer himself, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. On 4 February 2000 he checked into a New York hospital for continued treatment, leading to remission. He had stem-cell replacement, a grueling procedure not unlike a bone-marrow transplant.

Wilder died at the age of 83 on 29 August 2016, at home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Social : Begin a program of study 1956 (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
  • Relationship : Marriage 27 October 1967 (Second marriage, Mary Jo Schultz)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 13 August 1981 (With Gilda Radner)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 14 September 1984 (Gilda Radner)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 8 September 1991 (Karen Webb)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1999 (Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed)
  • Health : Medical procedure 4 February 2000 (Stem-cell replacement, cancer treatment)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 March 2005 (Personal memoir)
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  • Death by Disease 29 August 2016 (Alzheimer's, age 83)
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Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/Senility
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lymphoma)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Gilda Radner)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (1989)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession