The Roundtable
2:28 pm
Fri April 15, 2005

Gene Wilder Pt. 3

Albany, NY – We finish up with Gene Wilder this morning. We have been talking about his new memoir - Kiss me Like a Stranger.

In this book, he talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into acting and later comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor), and how a Midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him.

Wilder explains why he became an actor and writer, and about the funny, wonderful movies he made with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and - of course - Richard Pryor. In fact - we begin this final segment with WAMC's Joe Donahue by talking about his relationship with Richard Pryor and we begin with a segment from their 1980 classic comedy - Stir Crazy.