SOME OF THE MEMORABLE CONTRIBUTIONS GENE WILDER MADE TO ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Chaplain in "Mother Courage and Her Children" (Broadway, 1963)
    Co-starred with Anne Bancroft, who introduced him to her then-boyfriend, Mel Brooks.
  2. Billy Bibbit in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (Broadway, 1963-1964)
  3. Bernard in Death of a Salesman (CBS, 1966)
  4. Eugene Grizzard in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  5. Leo Bloom in The Producers (1968)
    Received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to his future co-star, Jack Albertson.
  6. Claude and Philippe in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
  7. Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  8. Letterman in "The Adventures of Letterman" (1972-1976)
    Was a regular feature on the television series, "The Electric Company" (1971-1977).
  9. Jim, "The Waco Kid" in Blazing Saddles (1974)
  10. Harry Evers in Thursday's Game (ABC, 1974)
  11. The Fox in The Little Prince (1974)
  12. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  13. Sigerson Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
  14. George Caldwell in Silver Streak (1976)
    The first of four films he would work on with Richard Pryor.
  15. Avram Belinski in The Frisco Kid (1979)
  16. Skip Donahue in Stir Crazy (1980)
  17. Michael Jordan in Hanky Panky (1982)
    This was the film he met and fell in love with Gilda Radner on.
  18. Teddy Pierce in The Woman in Red (1984)
    Stevie Wonder won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You".
  19. Larry Abbot in Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
  20. Helped found the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program in Los Angeles (1991) and Gilda's Club (1995) which began in New York City and now has chapters all over the U.S.
  21. Collaborated with Dr. M. Steven Piver on the book, Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer (1998)
  22. Mr. Stein in "Will and Grace"
    Made appearances in the episodes "Boardroom and a Parked Place" (2002) and "Sex, Losers & Videotape" (2003)
  23. Authored the memoir, Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art (2006) along with four novels.
  24. "I had never tried consciously to make anyone laugh before, I was 8 years old. I think that was a small catalyst. The big catalyst was seeing my sister, when I was 11, doing a dramatic recital. When I saw her on the stage and everyone listening to her so patiently, quietly, that's all I wanted: for someone to look at me and listen to me, but in some beautiful and artistic way."— 2005 Newsweek interview
  25. Thanks for the laughter and the memories. 💔