WillyWonkaHe will always be THE Willy Wonka. Yes, he was also Dr. Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein) and Eugene Grizzard (Bonnie and Clyde) and Leo Bloom (The Producers), but to me, he will always be Willy Wonka, giving a tour of that Roald Dahl inspired Chocolate Factory.  Although not nominated for that role, he did receive two Academy Award nominations throughout his career, one for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in The Producers (1967) (Jack Albertson won for The Subject Was Roses) and one for Writing alongside Mel Brooks, for Young Frankenstein (1974) (Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo won for The Godfather: Part II). One of his final roles was guest starring in two episodes of Will & Grace to which he ended up winning a Primetime Emmy for. His career was highlighted with collaborations with Mel Brooks, including Blazing Saddles, and with director Sidney Poitier, including Stir Crazy, as well as being married to SNL alum Gilda Radner. To me, he was the eccentric leading man who commanded your attention with his off-beat nature and contagious smile. He always appeared to be unafraid to let loose and push the boundaries of comedy by going way out there and, for that, along with his impressive body of work, he will always be remembered.


 1999  The Lady In Question*  Larry ‘Cash’ Carter (also written by)
  1999  Alice In Wonderland*  Mock Turtle
  1999  Murder In A Small Town*  Cash Carter (also written by)
 1993  Eligible Dentist*  Toby
1991 Another You
George / Abe Fielding
1990 Funny About Love
Duffy Bergman
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Dave Lyons (also written by)
1986 Haunted Honeymoon
Larry Abbot (also written & directed)
1984 The Woman In Red
Teddy Pierce (also written & directed)
1982 Hanky Panky
Michael Jordon
1980 Stir Crazy
Skip Donahue
1980 Sunday Lovers (Segment: “Skippy”)
Skippy (also written & directed)
1979 The Frisco Kid
1977 The World’s Greatest Lover
Rudy Hickman (also written & directed)
1976 Silver Streak
1975 The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother Sigerson Holmes (also written & directed)
1974 Young Frankenstein
Dr. Frankenstein (also written by)
1974 The Little Prince
The Fox
1974 Thursday’s Game*
Harry Evers
1974 Blazing Saddles
1974 Rhinoceros Stanley
1973 Acts Of Love And Other Comedies*
Herb Waterman
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex – But Were Afraid to Ask Cash Carter
1972 The Scarecrow*
Lord Ravensbane
1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka
1970 Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
Quackser Fortune
1970 Start The Revolution Without Me Claude / Philippe
1967 The Producers
Leo Bloom
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard
1966 Death Of A Salesman*

*TV Movie


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