Gene Wilder

Jerome Silberman (known professionally as Gene Wilder), married to Karen Boyer, was an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” As stated by The New York Times, he died on an early Monday morning in his home in Stamford, Conn in August 2016. The New York Times also stated that Wilder lived to be 83, and had borrowed the words of a nephew of his, where he says that Wilder died by complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  

On June 11, 1933, Wilder was born as Jerome Silberman. Later in his life, Wilder studied drama at UoI, and then attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first break was in an off Broadway production of “Roots”, leading to a Broadway debut in “The Complaisant Lover”. Since then he starred in a numerous amount of films.

In 2005, he released his autobiography, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. It was praised widely because of its openness and honesty, shining brightly on the death of his third wife, Gilda Radner. Although Wilder has died, he will always be remembered for his comedic attitude and his fantastic job during all the films he has starred in.


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