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    • In 2003, Gene won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series playing Mr. Stein on Will & Grace.

    • In 1965, Gene starred in a television commercial for Gillette razors.

    • Gene stands at 5' 10½" or 1.79 m.

    • In 2002, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards honored Gene with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Gene's role as Dr. Fredrick in Young Frankenstein in 1974, is ranked #9 by Premiere magazine's '100 Greatest Movie Characters Of All Time'.

    • Gene's performance as Willy Wonka is ranked #38 on Premiere magazine's '100 Greatest Movie Characters Of All Time'.

    • Gene has worked as a: writer, actor, director, toy salesman, fencing teacher, and a chauffeur.

    • Gene utilized Adult Stem Cell Research as a treatment for his Cancer. He announced that he is Cancer-free in 2000. Mr.Wilder continued to be cancer-free as of 2005, as he has stated in his autobiography, "Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search For Love And Art".

    • Gene was diagnosed with Non Hidgkins Lymphoma in 1999, and underwent Chemotherapy to fight the Cancer.

    • Gene met his future wife, Gilda Radner, on the set of Hanky Panky. She replaced Richard Pryor as the co-star.

    • Gene starred in four movies with the same plot line: he as an innocent man, wrongly accused of a crime, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Hanky Panky.

    • Gene followed up Silver Streak with a second film with Richard Pryor in 1980, a comedy called Stir Crazy.

    • Gene first acted with Richard Pryor in 1976, in the comedy hit film Silver Streak.

    • Gene earned his second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in Young Frankenstein.

    • Gene teamed up with good friend Mel Brooks in 1974 to film Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein.

    • Gene was nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' for his role in The Producers, as Leo Bloom in 1968.

    • Gene's first big screen role was as a timid undertaker who was kidnapped by the infamous Bonnie & Clyde, in 1967.

    • Gene appeared on Broadway with Kirk Douglas in the play One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 1963.

    • Gene won the Clement Derwent Award for his performance in The Complaisant Lover.

    • Gene made his Broadway debut in 1961 as a comical valet, in The Complaisant Lover.

    • Gene received his big break in the small off-Broadway play Roots, in 1961.

    • Gene is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

    • Gene graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

    • Gene enlisted into the United States ARMY in 1956, and was assigned to the department of Psychiatry and Neurology in Valley Forge. He worked with the mentally ill patients.

    • In 1995, as the interviewee on Inside the Actors Studio, episode 2.10, when host James Lipton asked Wilder (as he does all guests) what his least favorite word was, the widower's face fell and he whispered, "cancer." This interview preceded, by four years, his own battle with cancer; he was evidently thinking of his late wife, Gilda Radner, who had succumbed in 1989.

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