Most movie buffs know by now that Gene Wilder, whose real name was Jerome Silberman, died on August 29, 2016, at the age of 83. Filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed that his uncle's death was due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was diagnosed three years ago, but his condition was kept private from the public because he wanted people to remember him as he used to be. The stage and screen comedian, Actor, author, screenwriter, and film director died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Wilder's Movies

Wilder is best known for his roles in three of Mel Brooks' films.

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The family classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical film with Wilder starring as the main character. Young Frankenstein is a 1974 horror comedy where Wilder played the title character, a descendant of the Dr. Victor Frankenstein. And let's not forgive that supreme performance with Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy. The iconic comedian contended that he was not a clown. Instead, he was an actor. Therefore, he had a simply rule that made him successful.

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 His rule was "Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real." 

Celebrities respond to Wilder's death

The recently departed was loved by all who knew him and his work. The movie world is mourning the death of the legendary comedian-actor. As soon as Gene Wilder's death was announced, Celebrities took to social media to express condolences and to share personal memories of the actor they loved and respected. Mel Brooks tweeted that he was blessed to work with Wilder.

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Wilder's last role was Eric McCormack's boss on Will & Grace in 2003. McCormack called him a “genius.” Other loving tweets came from Debra Messing, Sir Roger Moore, Carl Reiner, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Kimmel, and many others.

The legendary comedian and actor had been married four times. He adopted his second wife's daughter, Katharine. He and his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, were very close. Walker-Pearlman signed the statement about his uncle's death as "Gene's Kid."  Other than family, Wilder left behind a legacy of people who loved him and will remember him for a long time. 

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