One of America’s prominent comic actors Gene Wilder, who starred in evergreen classic films such as Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has died at his home in Stamford, Conn, he was 83. His terrific chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box office hit “Stir Crazy” won everyone’s heart.
Wilder’s death was confirmed by his nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker- Pearlman in a statement stating that the death took place due to complications of Alzheimer disease. Walker- Pearlman later on said that “It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder, at his home in Stamford, Conn.,”
“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him. The cause was complications from Alzheimers Disease with which he co-existed for the last three years. The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family.”
Mr. Wilder believed in his patent rule to keep up with his stellar comic performance, which he mentioned more than once: “Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown”.
Wilder was extremely hilarious in classics such as “The Producers” and “Blazing Saddles”. His frizzy hair covering his head like a halo on the top, and his voice turning into a shrieking tone when the role demanded panic. He was a master in playing hyperventilating characters, be it biking Broadway in “The Producers” or reanimate a monster in “Young Frankenstein”.
However, he also knew how to keep it stable as the boozy gunslinger in “Blazing Saddles and the charming and fascinating candy man in kid’s favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”.
Wilder faced much tragedy in his life after the death of his third wife, actress and Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner with whom he was witnessed in three films.