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Actor Gene Wilder, know for his roles in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. His family, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are 7 interesting things about Gene Wilder.

(1) Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee on June 11, 1933.

(2) He followed his older sister, Corinne, into the theater program at the University of Iowa. After Iowa, he studied Shakespeare at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School in England.

(3) He made his movie debut in 1967 in Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde,”  as an undertaker kidnapped by the bank robbers played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

(4) Wilder was the director of five movies.

  • The smarter brother of Sherlock Holmes (1975) ( The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother )
  • The World ‘s Greatest Lover (1977) ( The World’s Greatest Lover )
  • Heartbreaker ( 1980 ) ( Sunday Lovers ), Gene Wilder, Bryan Forbes , Edouard Molinaro and Dino
  • Risi The Woman in Red (1984) ( The Woman in Red )
  • Haunted Honeymoon (1986) ( Haunted Honeymoon ).

(5) He was nominated twice for a major award, 1968 – Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The producers), and 1974 – Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (Young Frankenstein); but did not win.

(6) Mr. Wilder’s first two marriages, to Mary Mercier and Mary Joan Schutz, ended in divorce. In 1982, he met the “Saturday Night Live” comedian Gilda Radner; they married in 1984. Ms. Radner died in 1989;and in memory of Ms. Radner, he helped to found an ovarian cancer detection center in her name, in Los Angeles, and Gilda’s Club, a network of support centers for women with cancer.

(7) His last acting role was in The Lady in Question ( 1999 ) directed by Joyce Chopra.

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