Gene Wilder, star of movies “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” has died at the age of 83.
The two-time Oscar nominee was born Jerry Silberman in Milwaukee and started studying acting at 13. His career began on the stage, where he met Mel Brooks while costarring in a Broadway production with his wife, Anne Bancroft. Their partnership was productive and legendary.
He began directing and writing in the mid-to-late 1980s, although he would always be more successful as an actor. His acting career was mostly finished by the early 1990s.
He moved to painting and writing books later in life. He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer.
He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/kxis66bIGd
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016
?What an iconic comedic actor. He inspired me so. From Dr. Franken-schteen to Willy Wonka, his work will live on. https://t.co/eg03MWhA9I
— Pandora Boxx (@ThePandoraBoxx) August 29, 2016
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) August 29, 2016
R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016