The 83-year-old actor's family announced he had passed away yesterday
Yesterday evening, the family of the comic actor Gene Wilder announced that he had passed away at the age of 83. The actor, survived by his wife of 25 years Karen Boyer, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, although his family chose to reveal this only after he had passed away.
The actor and writer’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, also a filmmaker, announced that the decision to keep the actor’s illness private was made to allow children who knew him for his iconic role as Willy Wonka in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Charlie & the Chocolate Factory would not equate the character with the disease that plagues many older men and women.
“It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lives that I announce the passing of husband, parent and universal artist Gene Wilder at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.
“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him.”
The actor appeared in a number of classic comedy films, including Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and a number of collaborations with Richard Pryor. Twice nominated for an Oscar, his canon represents a series of work not typically recognised during awards season, but beloved by millions the world over. This great supercut captures Wilder at his best, making the most of his uncanny ability to play unhinged and utterly charming oddballs.