Tributes were soon after the announcement by his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, the death of Gene Wilder suites of Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut. In a statement, he said that his uncle suffered from this disease for three years and had “chosen to keep secret.” The decision “was not vanity,” he assured, but he took it to the children who crossed the do not lose the smile if an adult says his illness. “He could not bear the idea of a less smile in the world,” continued Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He said that when his uncle pushed his last breath is elevated to the room one of his favorite songs: “Somewhere over the rainbow”, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, whom he met. The list of music was random, he said.
“Producers” and “Frankenstein Junior”
Gene Wilder, recognizable by its abundant curly hair and big blue eyes, was appointed two Academy Awards for her role in “the Producers” (1968) and for co-writing the script of the hilarious parody of the horror film fashion 1930 “Frankenstein” (1974), two films of Mel Brooks he was a favorite actor. His performance in “Blazing Saddles” (1974), also directed by Mel Brooks, had been particularly welcomed and the film had a great success at the box office
“Gene Wilder. – One of the truly great talents of our time. he has bestowed its magic all the movies we’ve made and it rewarded me with his friendship, “he tweeted Monday, August 29 Mel Brooks. The director and the actor were presented by Anne Bancroft, co-star of Wilder on Broadway in the 1960s and who married Mel Brooks later.
But Wilder acquired an international reputation for his incarnation of the eccentric factory owner Willy Wonka in a 1971 adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl “Charlie and the chocolate factory” (1964). The actor was also on the poster for the comedy “Silver Streak” (1976) by Arthur Hiller, alongside Richard Pryor, as well as “Should s’faire the trunk” (1980) Sidney Poitier.
Rain Pryor, daughter of Richard Pryor, praised on Twitter “a great comedy film duo for eternity dad and Gene Wilder,” stressing that the two men were not friends in life but “nothing could or will beat their magic on the screen. ” The actor and British director Stephen Fry thanked Gene Wilder “for all those joyous, happy hours,” calling it a “comic genius”. Many personalities have paid tribute to him as John Cusack, Ricky Gervais, Elizabeth Banks, Olicia Wilde, Russell Crowe, or Rob Lowe, Albert Brooks, James Urbaniak, Larry Wilmore, Uzo Aduba …
his last major role dates back to the late 1990s, in a television version of “Alice in Wonderland”.
Son of a Russian family of origin
Jerome Born Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was the son of a Russian Jewish emigre who imported alcohol and a Russian-born mother born in Illinois. He spent his youth trying to entertain her ailing mother after a heart attack when he was six. She died 17 years later.
Gene Wilder has taken a liking to the theater in high school playing in an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, and graduated theater at the University of Iowa. After studying at the Bristol Old Vic School in England, where he became a talented fencer, he returned to the United States and had spent some time in the army. He then changed his name and joined the famed Actor’s Studio with Lee Strasberg.
His first job as an actor in 1961 for “Roots” of Arnold Wesker, a piece of unofficial Broadway program. And six years later, he landed his first film role in “Bonnie and Clyde” by Arthur Penn, where he played Eugene Grizzard (the kidnapped gravedigger). Married four times, he had been treated for lymphoma in 2000.