‘Willy Wonka’ Star Gene Wilder Dies at 83
He’s taken his last bow. Born Jerome Silberman, Wilder was known for starring in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory — and for caring for his cancer-stricken wife, beloved comedian Gilda Radner. But he also had a long collaboration with comedy great Mel Brooks, with star turns in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. Brooks tweeted after Wilder’s nephew confirmed the death: “He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.” Sad news, but he’ll “go on” in our hearts and memes.