8 Unknown facts in tribute to comic genius Gene Wilder

Star of Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory, Gene Wilder recently passed away at the age of 83 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The actor is considered one of the finest comic actors of all time and has left us with many moments that will always keep us laughing and smiling whenever we see his face on the TV. Here are 8 unknown facts about the legendary Gene Wilder in his memory.

1 His name is not actually Gene

Yes, that is right. The actor who we all know as Gene Wilder was actually born as Jerome Silberman and he took on the stage name of Gene Wilder at the age of 26. His choice of name came from Thomas Wolfe’s character Eugene Gant from Angel and Look homeward and Thornton Wilder. He knew that his real name of Jerome Silberman didn’t have the same ring to it when coming to his acting career.

Gene Wilder

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