R.I.P. Gene Wilder


From Variety:

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

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5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Gene Wilder

  1. @ BrothaWolf:

    I remember watching those movies of Gene Wilder’s as a kid. I really like “Willy Wonka” and “Blazing Saddles”, but I have not seen “Young Frankenstein”, though I know it’s considered a classic. Thank you for including his nephew’s statement — it was beautiful and well-written.

  2. A guy that I was fascinated with for a very long time. Seemed like he was ahead of his time in terms of social engagements. About that name ‘Wilder’ or even ‘Gene Wilder’, why was it referred to so many times in that late 70s to early 80s time frame. I remember Kathleen Turner in ‘Romancing the Stone’ and I believe her famous writer’s name was ‘Joan Wilder’. I

  3. Wow..I had no idea that Gene Wilder was 83 wherwhern he passed.

    I remembered the Willy Wonka picture. As a kid ,I actually thought that the place was as real as the Wizard of Oz..lol! If there were only a such thing as places like those.

    Another great one passes.RIP.

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