Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka of the big screen, sadly passed away recently. Did he leave behind enough to sustain his family for the rest of their lives?
Before lapsing into memory loss and a serious case of Alzheimer’s, Gene Wilder was a successful actor, author, Broadway star and occasionally a real estate handler. He passed away at the age of 83, but not before stocking up his riches to make sure that his family stays well supported even after he is gone.
Wilder’s net worth has been estimated at a whopping $20 million by Celebrity Net Worth. This is not surprising, as he has been acting from a very young age and has been a renowned name in Hollywood for a long time now.
Even though Gene Wilder is best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory”, there are a lot of other films which made people take notice of the enormous talent that Wilder possessed.
Being a Broadway star and appearing in productions such as “Romeo And Juliet” and “Mother Courage and Her Children”, Wilder was looking for a break in the movies. The break was given to him by writer and director Mel Brooks.
Brooks cast him in his the then production “The Producers”, after which there was no looking back for Wilder. Some of his other movies include “Blazing Saddles”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy”, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You”.
Mel Brooks had praised Wilder in an interview with Fox News. “Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time, is gone. He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed,” said Brooks.
Wilder got nominated for 2 Oscars for “The Producers” (Best Supporting Actor) and “Young Frankenstein” (Best Screenplay).
Wilder, A Writer
Wilder had co-written his first book “Gilda’s Disease” with oncologist Steven Piver, which chronicled the challenges he has had to face while living with his first wife, Gilda Radne, who suffered from Cancer for quite a while before passing away in 1984.
His second book, “Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search For Love And Art” was a memoir published in 2005. His last book was published in 2007 and was called “My French Whore” and was a story which was set during the First World War.
Real Estate Assets
When Wilder decided to sell his massive house in Bel Air, spread out over 2,800 square foot with 3 bedrooms and a pool, he managed to get an impressive price of $6.75 million from the buyer, who was none other than the head of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk!
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