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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

American actor
When he was 11 he wanted to be a comedian like Sid Ceasar then when he was 15 and saw Lee J Cobb in 'Death of a Salesman' he decided he would be a comedy actor. and found that Mel Brooks was a great influence on his screen writing. He combined both talents with directing in'The World's Greatest Lover followed by 'Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother' which he just acted in and directed.Wikipedia
BornJune 11, 1933
HometownMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
Net worth$20 million
Height5'10" (1.78m)
SpouseGilda Radner, Mary Joan Schutz, Mary Mercier, Karen Boyer
ChildrenKatharine Wilder
ParentsJeanne Baer Silberman, William J. Silberman
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Willy Wonka superfan's £150,000 collection includes exclusive merchandise from the new movie

A Willy Wonka superfan's £150,000 world of pure imagination includes exclusive merchandise from the new movie ahead of its release. Nick Anderton, 44, started collecting memorabilia from the film franchise in 2005 and now has around 2,500 items in his 'Wonka Wing' at his home. His collection features the handprints of Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka in the 1971 film and he even has an original Wonka Bar from the 1971 version of the film. And he has now been given merchandise from the new film - called Wonka - which will be released on December 15 and stars Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka. Part of the film was filmed in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and features a boat where Timothée goes on the boat to capture Oompa-Loompas. Nick, of Warrington, Cheshire, has already been on the boat and given sections of the boat rivet by the crew, so he thinks he's the first person to have memorabilia from the new film. He said: "I've even been in a bit of the boat already and had a trip on it. "I was taken into the basement of the boat where they filmed Timothée going up and down singing. "I think he captures the Oompa-Loompas on the boat. "I'm so excited they are using songs from the 1970 film because Gene Wilder is the ultimate one but Timothée does kinda look like a young Gene Wilder. "If I was a big Hollywood producer and I had the rights to the story, I would be bringing out a film every ten years to get the new market in. "I'm hoping for more." Nick decided to start collecting merchandise after he watched the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was directed by Tim Burton. The attraction manager now has prints from the film, pencils, pencil cases, DVDs, and over 200 versions of the book in different languages in his collection. Nick, who runs Facebook group Willy Wonka fanatics, said: "I remember watching it when I was around seven or eight and liking the imagery of the film. "I was just blown away by it all. "Then the Johnny Depp film was released was released, which is when I started collecting. "I did want some things from the original film but I thought I would never be able to afford it. "But I managed to get some things such as candy canes from the film and it went from there." Because of his collection, Nick has even became friends with Julie Dawn Cole, 65, who played Veruca Salt in the 1971 film and she sold him her Wonka Bar. The bar was given it her on her 13th birthday by film director Mel Stuart but she decided to sell it to Nick after her family decided they didn't want it. Nick, who is married to husband Donnie, 50, said: "She phoned me up the day that Gene Wilder died about six years ago and let me know. "She then phoned me the next day and I thought it was by mistake. "She then explained that when I first met her at Comic Con, she said she would sell the bar to me one day because she knew I wouldn't sell it. "It was like she was giving me the keys to chocolate factory - it's a great gift. "She's even signed me posters, huge 3D printed gobstoppers and golden eggs."
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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Murder in a Small Town
Murder in a Small Town
1h 36min
1999
Something Wilder
Something Wilder
0h 30min
1994
Another You
Another You
R
1h 38min
1991
Funny About Love
Funny About Love
PG-13
1h 41min
1990
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
R
1h 43min
1989
Haunted Honeymoon
Haunted Honeymoon
PG
1h 23min
1986
The Woman in Red
The Woman in Red
PG-13
1h 27min
1984
Hanky Panky
Hanky Panky
PG
1h 47min
1982
Baryshnikov in Hollywood
Baryshnikov in Hollywood
1h
1982
Stir Crazy
Stir Crazy
R
1h 51min
1980
Sunday Lovers
Sunday Lovers
R
2h 7min
1981
The Frisco Kid
The Frisco Kid
PG
2h 2min
1979
The World's Greatest Lover
The World's Greatest Lover
PG
1h 29min
1977
Silver Streak
Silver Streak
PG
1h 53min
1976
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
PG
1h 31min
1975
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
PG
1h 45min
1974
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
G
1h 28min
1974
Thursday's Game
Thursday's Game
PG
1h 38min
1974
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
R
1h 33min
1974
Rhinoceros
Rhinoceros
PG
1h 41min
1974
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
R
1h 30min
1970
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
G
1h 40min
1971
Start the Revolution Without Me
Start the Revolution Without Me
PG
1h 31min
1970
The Producers
The Producers
PG
1h 28min
1967
The DuPont Show of the Week
The DuPont Show of the Week
1h
1961

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
1977Golden GlobeBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or ComedySilver Streak (film)Nominated
1972Golden GlobeBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or ComedyWilly Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryNominated
1969Academy AwardActor in a Supporting RoleThe Producers (1967 film)Nominated
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