Full Name: Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman]
Why Famous: Gene Wilder was famous for his collaborations with writer and director Mel Brooks, featuring in "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein". He is perhaps best remember for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".
- 1984-09-14 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France
- 1974-02-07 Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder