Gene Wilder was born in the birthplace of the typewriter, Milwaukee, and died in the birthplace of the greatest typewriter (the Blickensderfer), Stamford, Connecticut. Wilder died at his home yesterday, aged 83, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Wilder was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933. A stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director and author, he may be best remembered for the original 1968 version of The Producers, one of the funniest movies ever made. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in The Producers, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was the first in a series of collaborations with writer-director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote.