We were saddened to learn that another legend has exited the planet. Gene Wilder, Two-time Oscar-nominated star of dozens of film and television productions (including Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Blazing Saddles) lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A long-time collaborator with Mel Brooks, as well as comic foil for Richard Pryor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin native Wilder (born Jerome “Jerry” Silberman) chose his screen name based upon the main character in the Thomas Wolfe novel Look Homeward, Angel combined with Thornton Wilder. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Medic to the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, PA.
His on-screen legacy lives on. Rest in Peace.