Know About Gene Wilder; Movies, Spouse, Death, 2016, Net Worth

Gene-Wilder
Published Date: 10 Jun, 2019 Updated date: 10 Jun, 2019

Born as Jerome Silberman, the people still remembers the actor from his stage name as Gene Wilder. Although the actor took his last breath in 2016, his mass fan followings always appreciate his work.

American late actor, Gene Wilder was famously known for his role of Willy Wonka in the 1971 American musical fantasy family film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He was also the 2003 Primetime Emmy Award artist for his character of Mr. Stein in 1998 NBC sitcom, Will & Grace.

Gene Wilder Bio & Family

The late actor was born on 11 June 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to parents, William J. Silberman and Jeanne Baer Silberman. His father had a job as a salesman of novelty items while his mom was a manufacturer. His other member of the family included a sister, Corrinne Silberman Pearlman. The death of the sibling occurred in the same year in 2016.

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He went to Washington High School in Milwaukee in 1951 and then attended Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa to study communication.

What Was The Reason of Gene’s Death?

The legendary artist death occurred on 29 August 2016 at the age of 83 at home in Stamford, Connecticut. The reason for his passing was from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the actor kept his illness secluded, he was fighting with the condition for the past three years.

Career & Net Worth

The 83-year-old had a net worth around $20 million from his acting and writing career since 1961. Some of his incredible movies are Another You (1991), Funny About Love (1990), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), to name a few. Apart from the big screen, his remarkable TV works are Wild & Grace (2002) and Alice in Woderland (1999).

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Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Picture: Huffington Post)

Besides acting, he got some more fortunes from his writing work like My French Whore (2007).

Gene’s Multiple Spouse Details

The actor met his first spouse, Mary Mercier while studying at the HB Studio in New York. From then, they went to exchange wedding vows on 22 July 1960 which ended in divorce in 1965. Some few months later, he began dating Mary Joan Schutz and got hitched on 27 October 1967. Post seven years of marriage, they parted ways. His third wife was Gilda Radner to whom he got hitched on 18 September 1984 and divorced on 20 May 1989. Gene and his third spouse Gilda wanted to have a family of their own, but there were multiple miscarriages.

Gilda was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 1986. However, Gene’s last and final marriage was with Karen Boyer on 8 September 1991 and they were together until Gene’s last breath.

Gene Wilder with wife Karen at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on 31 August 2012 (Picture: Zimbio)

He does not have any children from any of his former spouses.

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Some Interesting Facts About Gene Wilder

  • The actor’s father, William, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, so did his maternal grandparents.
  • His interest in acting came at the age of eight when his mother was diagnosed with rheumatic fever.
  • Before his death, Gene was listening to his favorite song, Over the Rainbow by Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Gene met his third spouse, Gilda during; the Saturday Night Live actress on 13 August 1981 during the shoot of Hanky Panky.

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