Gene Wilder, in many ways one of the last old style stars of stage and screen has died today, according to reports in Variety and elsewhere. He had previously been diagnosed with non Hodgkins Lymphoma, but died of complications due to Alzheimers, family members reported.
Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 11, 1933, he had his first film role as a hostage in Bonnie and Clyde. The next year he had a feature role in The Producers, and the rest, as they say is history. Madcap could describe most of his roles, and he made us all laugh in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He is also well remembered for starring with Richard Pryor in films such as Silver Streak.
Although raised Jewish, he considered "the Golden Rule" as his guiding philosophy. Our best to his family. His presence will be missed.