Gene Wilder Overview

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Born: June 11, 1933

Date of Death: August, 29, 2016 Jermone Silberman, professionally known as Gene Wilder, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Russian Jewish immigrants. He took the name Gene from the Thomas Wolfe character Eugene Gant in the novelsLook Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. The surname Wilder comes from playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder. Gene took up acting when he was 11 after seeing his sister performing in a play. By the time Gene was 13, he was taking acting... See All


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