Jerome Silberman is a name you may not be familiar with. Some know him as Willy Wonka, other's remember him as the Waco Kid in Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles or as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. Most people know him by his stage name.
Gene Wilder was considered one of the great comedic actors of the 70's and 80's. He worked with legendary Hollywood names like Brooks with whom he co-wrote Blazing Saddles, acted along side Richard Pryor on Stir Crazy, Silver Streak, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil and others like Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, and Cloris Leachman. Wilder was married to Saturday Night Live Alumni Gilda Radner until hear death from Ovarian cancer in 1989 from whom he founded 'Gilda's Club', a network of cancer support centers, and remarried to Karen Boyer Wilder in 1991. Gene also wrote, directed, and starred in films like The Woman in Red, and the Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother.
Gene Wilder passed away from complications of a three year battle with Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 83, surrounded by his family who sang his favorite song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to Him.
Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th largest cause of death in the United States. More than 5 Million Americans live with Alzheimer's Disease, none of which are expected to survive. There is no known cure.
Please Join Churchill Estates as we help raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and raise funds to provide research to help find a cure at the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Alton Baker Park in Eugene on October 9th. Sign up or donate here. . .