Legendary actor Gene Wilder has been pronounced dead. He is thought to have succumbed to Alzheimer’s-related complications. The 83-year old is remembered for being one of the most refined actors of his generation. His most memorable screen role was Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. The unprecedented success that this film had saw him get nominated for an Oscar award. His other major role was in Blazing Saddles as Jim.
Wilder’s Career Beginnings
Wilder was born of Russian immigrant parents. He was christened Jerome Silberman at birth. From a young age, he loved films, something that paved way to his entry into the glamorous acting world. Despite a slow start, he went on to have a highly successful career spanning more than fifty years. His got his breakthrough on Broadway play, Roots. His comical demeanor saw him starring in more than 37 films. Wilder has left behind an acting legacy, and an ineradicable mark in Hollywood, which will be remembered for years to come.
Wilder will go down in history as a witty actor, who had matchless performances on the big screen. Actually, most of the films that he has acted in are considered to be classics. He also played a role in writing and directing movies. His most notable playwriting role was The Woman in Red, which was blockbuster during the mid-eighties. Wilder’s last film appearance was in 2003 when he has a guest role in Will & Grace. He won an Emmy award for being the most outstanding guest actor that year. Despite retiring from acting, Wilder continued taking part in film production till 2013.
Wilder’s Family Life
During his life, Wilder married four times. He married his first wife, Mart Mercier in 1960. The couple divorced in 1965. Two years later, he married Mary Joan Schutz. They separated after seven years. In 1984, he got married to actress Gilda Radner in southern France. He became widowed after Radner succumbed to ovarian cancer five years into the marriage.
Wilder met his fourth wife Karen Webb on the set of his critically acclaimed movie, See No Evil, Hear No Evil. The couple exchanged vows in September 1991. Following the death of his third wife, Wilder became involved in efforts to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. This highlights why his presence on and off the big screen will be missed. The tribute was originally published on Screen Rant.