Tuesday, August 30, 2016

8.30.16 Hero of the Day: Gene Wilder

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Name: Gene Wilder
Age: was 83
Occupation: entertainer
Last Seen: dancing in Heaven with Gilda Radner
Awarded For: being one hell of an actor


Celebrities, you can stop dying now.

Yesterday, we lost a giant in the world of show business. Gene Wilder died at his home in Connecticut with his family holding his hand as he passed on. The 83-year-old died from Alzheimers.

Born Jerome Silberman in 1933 to Russian Jews, Gene started on stage and then moved on to TV and then the silver screen. In only his third film, 1967's "The Producers", he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He was nominated for two more Oscars: one for co-writing 1974's "Young Frankenstein" with Mel Brooks and one for Best Actor for what might be his best role: the mad candy factory owner Willy Wonka from 1971. Amazingly, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" was a box office flop, but it would gain traction over the years with audiences everywhere.

He appeared mainly in Mel Brooks movies and was a constant co-star to Richard Pryor. But some say that his favorite co-star was his third wife, beloved Saturday Night Live great Gilda Radner. The two made a few movies together: "The Woman in Red", "Hanky Panky" and "Haunted Honeymoon". Sadly, their lives on-screen and in real life ended with Gilda losing her horrific battle with ovarian cancer in 1989 at age 42. Wilder honored her by helping to create Gilda's Club not long after her passing.

Wilder's last movie was 1991's "Another You" with Richard Pryor. It was the two's last film, period. Richard Pryor died in 2005 from Multiple Sclerosis. Wilder semi-retired from acting, even though he got 50+ scripts per year.

Gene Wilder was a lovable yet goofy man that never failed to make people laugh. As long as the stock to his films don't fade and people all over get to still enjoy his movies, we'll always remember the man who brought monsters to life, gave candy factories to poor little boys and was at Gilda's side.

RIP, funny man.

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