Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder at an in store appearance to promote his book "My Fr

Wilder in 2007, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Jerome Silberman

Date of Birth: June 11, 1933

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Death: August 29, 2016

Place of Death: Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gene Wilder was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, songwriter, and author.

Gene’s father, William J. Silberman, was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Gene’s mother, Jeanne (Baer), was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Gene had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.

Gene had a daughter with his former wife Mary Joan Schutz. He was married to comedian and actress Gilda Radner, until her death, and then to Karen Boyer, until his death.

Gene’s paternal grandfather was Hyman/Chaim Hirsch Silberman (the son of Morris/Moshe Abraham Silberman and Charlotte Gertrude Cepos). Hyman was born in Stepan, Ukraine.

Gene’s paternal grandmother was Sarah/Sora Rebecca/Rivka Waldman (the daughter of Ephraim Waldman and Rose/Razel/Rosa Wachs). Sarah was born in Stepan.

Gene’s maternal grandfather was named Lewis/Louis Baer. Lewis was born in Suwalk.

Gene’s maternal grandmother was named Libbie/Libbe/Libby/Lillian Altman.


Genealogies of Gene Wilder –

Gene’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census –

studio promotional photo of Wilder with wife Gilda Radner, 1986, RR Auction

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