About Gene Wilder
As for the day, Gene Wilder net worth is estimated at $20 million and in my humble opinion, this is not enough… If it was for me to decide, this 82-year old would be richer than Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helu and Warren Buffett, according to Forbes, three of the richest man currently alive, together. After all, Gene is one of the most talented comedians, screenwriters, directors, authors and actors the world has seen. Even if you do not agree with me, you must know Gene for such masterpieces as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Another You and The Woman in Red. The star retired from acting in 2003 and recently the most important source of Gene Wilder net worth has been writing. But let’s talk about each of the aspects of his career, from acting to writing, one by one.
In one of his interviews Gene has said that he decided to be an actor back when he was just an eleven-year-old living in Milwaukee. It happened suddenly, when the boy went to see his sister, who was taking drama lessons, giving a dramatic reading. As soon as he saw her standing on the little stage in a spotlight, in a hall filled with some 150 people, children and parents mostly, with lights going down slowly and everybody listening to her in absolute silence, the boy thought to himself: “that must be the most beautiful thing in the world, to be able to arrange things so that people have to listen to you (…) that’s why I became an actor. Well, anyway, my analyst says it’s better than running naked in Central Park…”.
Gene shared this memory in the early 1970, just a few years after he ascended to stardom with the film The Producers. For the performance in this film, the actor was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In fact, during the interview already quoted above the star has claimed that the reason why he was so convincing while portraying a neurotic character in this movie was that at the time he actually had problems with neurosis. Speaking about the most acclaimed of Gene’s movies, we also have to mention Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as Silver Streak (for both of them he was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a cathegory Motion Picture Musical or Comedy).
Another important source of Gene Wilder net worth is his books, including Gilda’s Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, What is this Thing Called Love? and lately – Something to Remember You By.