The late Gene Wilder’s roles in “Blazing Saddles” and “Willy Wonka” have been much discussed this week. Why aren’t critics talk about Wilder’s most Jewish role in ‘The Frisco Kid?’
Mel Brooks and the late Gene Wilder — who collaborated in films such as “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” — had a famously decades-long friendship. When Wilder passed away on Monday, Brooks was one of the first celebrities to offer a Twitter eulogy, calling him “one of the truly great talents of our time.” Brooks got…
Mel Brooks got emotional while sharing stories about the late Gene Wilder — his longtime friend and frequent collaborator — with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday on “The Tonight Show.”
The first time Gilda Radner met Gene Wilder, she thought he was suggestively rubbing his crotch on her knee.
Last year I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western parody “Blazing Saddles.” In the onstage interview that followed, Brooks, then 89, was beside himself in his delight at sharing his 42-year-old comedy with a real live audience.
It was a sad day in Hollywood on Monday as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and ’80s, had passed away at the age of 83. The Jewish star, born Jerome Silberman and known for his roles in an array of classic films — from…
Gene Wilder, star of “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka” and “The Frisco Kid” has died at 83. Benjamin Ivry recalls his atypical approach to Jewish comedy.
Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died at 83.
Comedy legend Gene Wilder passed away today, leaving behind a treasure trove of beloved movie classics. We’re honoring the 83-year-old’s illustrious film career with a look back at just a few of his greatest films.
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