Remembering Gene Wilder

August 31, 2016

 

Gene Wilder, star of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, was most remembered to our generation as the titular character in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. He passed away at the age of 83 on August 29, 2016 due to complications of Alzheimer's. His condition was kept private for three years after being diagnosed for the sake of his younger fans. 

 

Jerome Silberman, aka Gene Wilder, lived the life of an actor, screenwriter, director, and author. His first film role was as a hostage in the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde. He went on to star in films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Richard Pryor, Stir Crazy, Another You, and several Mel Brooks movies. 

 

After the death of his third wife, Gilda Radner, Wilder became active in promoting awareness for the cancer having helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles, California. 

Wilder died peacefully in his home. 

 

 

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