Hollywood Legend Gene Wilder Dies at 83

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Actor Gene Wilder CriesActor Gene Wilder has died.

Wilder, whose first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, went on to star  in classic films such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles.

The Hollywood legend passed away at home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

He had kept knowledge of his condition private, but had been diagnosed three years prior to his death.

Wilder was 83.

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Gene Wilder Gossip Trivia:

  • Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Attended and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1951).
  • After his wife Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer, Gene co-founded Gilda’s Club, a support group to raise awareness of the disease.
  • In 1999 he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy.
  • Wife Karen Boyer, is a former speech pathologist. They first met when he consulted with her about playing the role of a deaf man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
  • Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa (1955). Was a lifelong brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
  • Said he picked the name ‘Gene Wilder’ because he could not see a ‘Jerry Silberman’ playing Hamlet. He admitted that he could not see ‘Gene Wilder’ playing Hamlet either.
  • Uncle of director-screenwriter Jordan Walker-Pearlman.
  • Had played a man wrongly accused of committing a crime in five movies: Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982) and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
  • Had starred with Richard Pryor in four movies: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991).
  • Won the Clarence Derwent award for the Broadway play “The Complaisant Lover” in 1962.
  • Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa (1955). Was a lifelong brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
  • Said he picked the name ‘Gene Wilder’ because he could not see a ‘Jerry Silberman’ playing Hamlet. He admitted that he could not see ‘Gene Wilder’ playing Hamlet either.
  • Uncle of director-screenwriter Jordan Walker-Pearlman.
  • Campaigned with Elaine May and Renée Taylor for Eugene McCarthy, Allard Lowenstein and Paul O’Dwyer. [1968]
  • Served with the United States Army from 1956-1958. Served in the Medical Corps section in the United States Army.
  • Had been a staunch liberal Democrat for many years, and was staunchly against both the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq.

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