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Gene Wilder Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Biography

Gene Wilder Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10½ in
Weight 70 kg
Date of Birth June 11, 1933
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Date of Death August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder was an American actor, comedian, writer, filmmaker, and theatre artist whose film credits include The ProducersWilly Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryYoung Frankenstein, Haunted HoneymoonFunny About Love, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

Born Name

Jerome Silberman

Other Name

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder as seen in Sweden promoting his film 'The Woman in Red' in 1984
Gene Wilder as seen in Sweden promoting his film ‘The Woman in Red’ in 1984 (Towpilot / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED)


He was born on June 11, 1933.


On August 29, 2016, Gene Wilder died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 at his home in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


He resided in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States.





Gene Wilder studied acting for 2 years and his mother then sent him to Black-Foxe Military Institute, a military institute in Hollywood, California, where he was bullied and s*xually assaulted. He subsequently returned home and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee in 1951.

Later on, he attended the University of Iowa and studied Communication and Theatre Arts. There, he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. After graduating college in 1955, he was accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. He also trained at HB Studio.


Actor, Comedian, Writer, Filmmaker, Theatre Artist


  • Father – William J. Silberman (A manufacturer and salesperson of novelty items)
  • Mother – Jeanne (Baer) Silberman (Died from ovarian cancer in November 1957)
  • Siblings – Connie (Sister)
  • Others – Hyman/Chaim Hirsch Silberman (Paternal Grandfather), Sarah/Sora Rebecca/Rivka Waldman (Paternal Grandmother), Lewis/Louis Baer (Maternal Grandfather), Libbie/Libbe/Libby/Lillian Altman (Maternal Grandmother)

Net Worth

According to, he had a net worth of $20 Million at the time of his death.



Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner as seen in the film 'Haunted Honeymoon' in 1986
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner as seen in the film ‘Haunted Honeymoon’ in 1986 (Studio / RR Auction / Public Domain)


5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm


70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Gene Wilder dated –

  1. Mary Mercier (1960-1965) – He married his first wife Mary Mercier​ on July 22, 1960, and they eventually divorced in 1965.
  2. Mary Joan Schutz (1967-1974)​ – On October 27, 1967, he tied the knot with Mary Joan Schutz (one of his sister’s friends) and adopted her daughter Katharine from a previous marriage. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974.
  3. Teri Garr (1974) – He reportedly had a short-term romance with actor, dancer, and comedian Teri Garr from February 1974 to May 1974. They co-starred in the 1974 comedy horror film Young Frankenstein.
  4. Gilda Radner (1984-1989) – On September 14, 1984, he married actor Gilda Radner and they remained together until her death on May 20, 1989.
  5. Karen Boyer (1991-2016) – He married Karen Boyer (a clinical supervisor for the New York League for the Hard of Hearing) on September 8, 1991, and they remained together until his death in 2016.

Race / Ethnicity


Gene Wilder was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Soft mellow voice
  • Curly hair

Brand Endorsements

Gene Wilder was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Gillette razors (1965)
  • Alka Seltzer (voiceover) (1960s)


He had a Jewish upbringing.

However, he held only the Golden Rule (the principle of treating others as one would want to be treated by them) as his philosophy.

He stated in a book published in 2005: “I have no other religion. I feel very Jewish and I feel very grateful to be Jewish. But I don’t believe in God or anything to do with the Jewish religion.”

Gene Wilder as seen in a publicity photo for the film 'Start the Revolution Without Me' (1970)
Gene Wilder as seen in a publicity photo for the film ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ (1970) (Warner Brothers/Tandem Production / eBay / Public Domain)

Gene Wilder Favorite Things

  • One Of His Favorite Songs – A rendition of Over the Rainbow sung by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Comedian – Sid Caesar
  • Film The Circus (1928)
  • Author – Anton Chekhov

SourceWikipedia, IMDb

Gene Wilder Facts

  1. He was 8 years old when he first got inclined towards acting after his mother was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and the doctor told him to “try and make her laugh”.
  2. On September 10, 1956, Gene Wilder was drafted into the U.S. Army and went on to serve as a paramedic in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Valley Forge Army Hospital, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Featured Image by Towpilot / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED

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