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Make me feel safe again.' The night before my first chemotherapy, I was lying in bed and Gene walked in the doorway of my hospital room.Gene began his acting career in the Sixties before his big break in cult-hit 1967 comedy The Producers.
After his last contribution to acting in 2003 – a guest role on Will & Grace for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Wilder turned his attention to writing.Gene Wilder graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee in 1951.Wilder was raised Jewish, but he held only the Golden Rule as his philosophy.In a book published in 2005, he stated, "I have no other religion.I feel very Jewish and I feel very grateful to be Jewish.After an unsuccessful short stay at Black-Foxe, Wilder returned home and became increasingly involved with the local theatre community.
At age 15, he performed for the first time in front of a paying audience, as Balthasar (Romeo's servant) in a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in an episode of the TV series The Play of the Week in 1961.
Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In the story, the female protagonist recalls how, when she was a little girl she regularly visited her parents' beach house.
The character goes on to explain how she and her sister would often have difficulty locating their parents because "there were always lots of people there, and everybody had umbrellas that looked alike." Because of this, her "father began to tie a pair of tennis shoes on one of the spokes of their umbrella so when the two little girls look over, they could see right away where their parents were." Radner then explains how, following her diagnosis, this moment correlated to her life.
The day after Wilder turned 13, he called the teacher, who accepted him; Wilder studied with him for two years.