Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is widely regarded as one of the greatest comedic actors ever, if not ''the'' greatest. He's probably best known for being the first actor to portray Film/{{Willy Wonka|And The Chocolate Factory}} (see right), for his collaborations with Creator/MelBrooks, and for his four co-starring appearances with Creator/RichardPryor.

Wilder met and fell in love with ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' original cast member Gilda Radner on the set of the movie ''Hanky Panky'' (1982). They wed in 1984 and appeared together again in the films ''The Woman In Red'' and ''Haunted Honeymoon''. Radner died following a long battle with ovarian cancer in 1989, after which Wilder established the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Wilder essentially retired from acting around the TurnOfTheMillennium (save for a couple of guest appearances on ''Series/WillAndGrace'' in 2003), and since that time has devoted himself to writing.

!! Partial filmography :
* ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' (1967)
* ''Film/TheProducers'' (1968)
* ''Film/StartTheRevolutionWithoutMe'' (1970)
* ''Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx'' (1970)
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (1971)
* ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)'' (1972)
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' (1974)
* ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'' (1974)
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' (1974; also cowriter)
* ''Film/TheAdventureOfSherlockHolmesSmarterBrother'' (1975; also writer and director)
* ''Film/SilverStreak'' (1976)
* ''The World's Greatest Lover'' (1977; also writer and director)
* ''The Frisco Kid'' (1979)
* ''Film/StirCrazy'' (1980)
* ''Film/TheWomanInRed'' (1984; also cowriter and director)
* ''Haunted Honeymoon'' (1986; also cowriter and director)
* ''Film/SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil'' (1989; also cowriter)
* ''Funny About Love'' (1990)
* ''Another You'' (1991; final theatrical film role to date)
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (1999; TV movie adaptation)

!!This actor provides examples of:
* ChewingTheScenery: A master of this trope.
* ExecutiveMeddling: He did two television Murder Mysteries for A&E 'Murder in a Small Town' and 'The Lady In Question'. Both got high ratings and critical praise, some even saying that his character, Larry "Cash" Carter, was the next Columbo. However, A&E ownership changed hands and they informed him there would be no more Cash Carter mysteries, leaving Wilder bitterly angry and causing him to retire completely from acting.
* FireForgedFriends: With RichardPryor. They were not as chummy as they appeared in the films, mostly owing to Wilder's intolerance of Pryor's cocaine addiction.
* HorsingAround: Ineptly in ''The Woman in Red'', surprisingly well in ''Stir Crazy.''
* LargeHam: In films such as in ''Film/TheProducers'', Where he goes in a outburst ("I'M HYSTERICAL!"/ "I'M WET!"/"I'M IN PAIN!")
** VERY much Averted in RealLife. Off-screen, Wilder is a shy, quiet man.
* LeslieNielsenSyndrome: Before starring in ''Film/TheProducers'', he considered himself a dramatic actor.
* LoveFreak: See RealMenWearPink below.
* OneOfUs: He's extremely tech savvy for a person of his age and one of his favorite pastimes is using the internet.
* PlayingAgainstType: His role as Wonka went '''completely''' opposite the roles he had (until then) been most famous for, as those previous roles were all in films most especially '''not''' appropriate for children.
** Actually, Silver Streak was this. Up until that point, Wilder almost exclusively played eccentrics or neurotics. Wonka falls in the "eccentric" category. His character in Silver Streak, George Caldwell, is a well adjusted book publisher who enjoys gardening and isn't particularly strange. He is thrown into a series of events that are more bizarre than his character. Perhaps the first time that ever happened with Wilder.
* ProductionPosse: Famously with MelBrooks and RichardPryor. Less famously so with DomDeLuise and MadelineKahn.
* RealMenWearPink: He has a love of romance novels and even wrote two himself, ''My French Whore'' and ''The Woman Who Wouldn't'' as well as a collection of short romantic stories called ''What is this Thing Called Love?''
* ReclusiveArtist: Rarely gave interviews at the height of his popularity and gave even fewer afterward. Also, went out of his way to say just how much he hates actually promoting a film to the extent that it caused him to pass on a lot of projects.
* RomanceOnTheSet
* SadClown: Oh so much.
* StageNames: He was born as Jerome Silberman.
* StarDerailingRole: ''Haunted Honeymoon''. Everything after that flop was bad news for Wilder until a minor comeback on television which also derailed thanks to ExecutiveMeddling mentioned above.
* TheCastShowOff: Any time he could sneak some swordplay into a film, rest assured, he would. Wilder was a champion fencer in college.
** He also sang in a number of films.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was asked to voice a character in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' for a possible CareerResurrection, but he turned down the role and the character was scrapped.
** Had Creator/GeneHackman not taken the role, he was Creator/WesAnderson's choice to play Royal in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums''.
** Has frequently passed on film roles that were written for him in the past 20 years.