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    Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

    Richard Natale

    August 29, 2016 | 12:22PM STEVE WOOD/REX/Shutterstock

    Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing
    Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died
    Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of
    complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

    His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges
    this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so
    many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took
    command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time
    to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would
    smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult
    referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion.
    He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

    He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen.
    He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless
    afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

    He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

    The comic actor, who was twice Oscar nominated, for his role in “The Producers” and for co-penning
    “Young Frankenstein” with Mel Brooks, usually portrayed a neurotic who veered between total hysteria
    and dewy-eyed tenderness. “My quiet exterior used to be a mask for hysteria,” he told Time magazine in
    1970. “After seven years of analysis, it just became a habit.”

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    Sad news, he was a great comedic actor.
    Last edited by Wobert Wedford; August 30th, 2016 at 04:12 AM.


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