Gene Wilder ( born Jerome Silberman ) is an American stage and screen actor, director, screenwriter, and author. Beginning his career on stage, Wilder’s debut movie was Bonnie and Clyde in 1967. His first big role was in The Producers , by Mel Brooks. This was the beginning of a few different collaborations for the two. My favorite movie of Wilder’s will always be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory… such a great movie! Gene Wilder has what many stars today don’t…and that is talent. He is funny (especially in Young Frankenstein) and I can’t wait to see more of his films!