This is so sad. Gene Wilder sadly passed away August 28 at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was one of the greatest actors of all time, notably known for his iconic roles in ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Here is his life in pictures.
A brilliant author, a legendary actor, a comical genius, a true talent — these are all things that come to mind when you hear the name Gene Wilder. He sadly passed away due to complications with Alzheimer’s, the Associated Press confirmed. However, the disease “never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality,” Gene’s nephew said in a statement.
Gene, with his out-of-place hair and laughable nature, is best known for his role as the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He was the incredible star of multiple Mel Brooks, 90, films. The two worked together on the films, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Gene was even nominated for an Oscar for The Producers.
Aside from his iconic films, he was known as a talented screenwriter and a director. He first made his acting debut in the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde. He was known to be hysterical, and magical on screen, as clearly shown when he took us into a mesmerizing candy land, that was Willy Wonka. Gene’s ability to play all kinds of different characters truly set him apart from the rest, and that is why he will forever be remembered as one of the acting greats.
After departing from the film industry in 2003, Gene decided to focus on writing. He published multiple books, some of which include, The Woman Who Wouldn’t and his memoir, Kiss Me Like A Stranger.
Gene was a true inspiration to all and a brilliant entertainer. His multiple talents matched his impeccable charm and keen eye for all things creative. Our thoughts are with Gene’s family and friends at this time.
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