One of my all time favourite actors, so many movies, so much fun. I guess him and Richard Pryor are smiling and laughing up in the big house now. Two guys who spent so much time together acting. For me it was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that made me love this guy. Rip
Gene Wilder, Beloved Star of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Dies at 83 | People Scoop | People
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Comedy legend Gene Wilder, who starred in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83. Wilder, who also starred in Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Stir Crazy, died on Sunday night in Stamford, Connecticut.
His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said the film legend had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease-related complications. In a statement to Variety, Mr Walker-Pearlman said the illness “never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality”.
He said the decision to delay disclosing his condition was because: “He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” The frizzy-haired actor – who excelled at playing neurotic characters caught up in madcap schemes – was twice Oscar nominated, for his role in The Producers, a Mel Brooks comedy.
Gene Wilder excelled at playing hysterical, madcap characters In 1971, he assumed the role of Willy Wonka, one of his most beloved characters, which became a children’s favourite. In 1974 he starred in two other Brooks comedies, Western spoof Blazing Saddles and gothic horror spoof, Young Frankenstein. He co-starred with Richard Pryor in 1980 prison comedy Stir Crazy, which was a global box office smash.
The son of a Russian Jewish immigrant, Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1933.
He is survived by fourth wife Karen Boyer, whom he wed in 1991.
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