Farewell to a movie legend, a man who many of us will remember most famously for his role of Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

Movie star Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83 on Monday August 29th at his home in Stamford. His family have confirmed that he died from complications from Alzeimer’s Disease.

Gene Wilder

Born in 1933 and named Jerome Silberman, he adopted the screen name “Gene Wilder at the age of 26.

Gene’s acting career began back in the 1960’s, starring in a number of TV shows, on broadway and then progressed to the movies.

He was nominated for two Oscars in his career, for Best Supporting Actor in “The Producers” and for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Young Frankenstein.” He won an Emmy in 2003 for his role on “Will & Grace.”

RIP and my thoughts are with his family.

He will be lovingly remembered.

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  • He will be sadly missed by some many fans.
    Alzheimers Disease sufferers tend to suffer from kidney failure and/or pneumonia. Sadly 2 of my relatives have passed away under these circumstances.


  • He will never die in our memories. A great actor and what a nice man to keep things quiet so no-one would worry about him. RIP Jerome Silberman alias Gene Wilder.


  • RIP Gene Wilder. Another movie great gone


  • I forgot about young Frankenstein, fantastic movie!


  • I grew up watching Gene wilder, Charlie and the chocolate factory, later, hear no evil see no evil and woman in red. He will be sorely missed. RIP Gene, thanks for the memories!


  • R I P Gene you were in so many funny , great movies.


  • My favourite children’s movie of all time is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I also loved Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein. Thanks for all the great movies Mr Wilder.


  • He brought so much laugh into our lives! RIP


  • R.I.P Mr Wilder!


  • Not really goodbye Willy Wonka. The book will live on for many years and the movie has already been re made. I read on Facebook that Angelina Jolie gas passed too. Is this true?


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