30th Aug2016

Film actor Gene Wilder dies

by timbaros

images-420Comedian and Actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut.

Wilder was a wildly popular actor and comedian who is best known for playing the lead role in the memorable Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). Wilder teamed up with Mel Brooks on several films – The Producers (1968) – which earned Wilder a Best Supporting Actor nomination – as well as Blazing Saddles (1974) and Young Frankenstein (1974), earning his second Oscar nomination for his first-time screen-writing efforts (along with Mel Brooks) on the latter. Wilder teamed up with Richard Pryor on Stir Crazy (1980) and Silver Streak (1976). Wilder’s last screen role was in 1991’s Another You. He turned his hand to television in the 1990’s and was memorable in a recurring role in Will & Grace. Wilder’s late wife was Gilda Radner, who passed away in 1989.