Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American actor, who has starred in more than thirty movies.
He is best known as the title character from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and is also known for his collaborations with writer, producer, director Mel Brooks. He also collaborated on many projects with comedian Richard Pryor. Gene Wilder made many movies with Brooks starting with The Producers in 1968, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Young Frankenstein with Brooks. (Years later, he would spoof himself while guest-starring on Will & Grace as a character named "Frank Stein.")