Gene (Silberman) Wilder

Jerome (Silberman) Wilder (1933 - 2016)

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Jerome (Gene) Wilder formerly Silberman
Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married (to ) in Suffern County, New York, United Statesmap
Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Francemap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2018
15:46: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Gene (Silberman) Wilder. [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Gene (Silberman) Wilder is Notable.

Jerome Silberman was born on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to William J. Silberman (born in Russia circa 1901) and Jeanne Baer (born in Illinois circa 1908). He had at least one older sister, Corinne (born in Wisconsin circa 1930) who was enrolled in acting classes, who initially gained his interest in pursuing a career in acting while he watched her take lessons.

He changed his professional name to Gene Wilder as he liked the character Eugene Grant by author Thomas Wolfe and also liked Thornton Wilder, so he combined them together. In his career he was nominated several times for Academy Awards and Golden Globes, but finally won a primetime Emmy Award for a guest appearance on the television show Will and Grace.

He was married 4 times. First to Mary Mercier (from 1960 to 1965), then to Mary Joan Schutz (from 1967 to 1974), then to Gilda Radner (from 1984 to 1989 - her death), and finally to Karen Boyer (who was Karen Webb at the time) (from 1991 to 2016 - his death). While he and Gilda attempted to have children, he did not have any children of his own with any of his marriages. He did formally adopt his step-daughter Katharine who was Mary Joan's daughter from a previous marriage.

Gene passed away on August 29, 2016 due to complications with Alzheimer's disease.


  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch [( : accessed 30 August 2016)], Jerome Silberman in household of William Silberman, Ward 26, Milwaukee, Milwaukee City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 72-598A, sheet 1B, family 15, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4566.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 October 2015), Jerome Silberman, 1953; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "Connecticut Marriage Index, 1959-2001," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Gene Wilder and Karen Boyer, 1991; from "Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959-2001," database, Ancestry ( : 2003); citing Stamford, FairField, Connecticut, United States, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford.

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Gene Wilder at a book signing for "My French Whore"
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