Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.
Sept. 4: Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 85. Actor Kenneth Kimmins ("Coach") is 75. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 74. TV personality Dr. Jan Pol ("The Incredible Dr. Pol") is 74. Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 72. Bassist Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 66. Actress Judith Ivey is 65. Drummer Martin Chambers of The Pretenders is 65. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ("Welcome Back, Kotter") is 63. Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," "NewsRadio") is 59. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 56. Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is 56. Actress Ione Skye is 46. DJ/music producer Mark Ronson is 41. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 41. Bassist Ian Grushka of New Found Glory is 39. Actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") is 38. Actor Max Greenfield ("New Girl") is 37. Singer Dan Miller of O-Town is 36. Singer Beyonce' Knowles (Destiny's Child) is 35. Singer-guitarist Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 35. Actress Whitney Cummings ("Whitney") is 34. Comedian Kyle Mooney ("Saturday Night Live") is 32. Multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers is 30. Singer James Bay is 26. Actor Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 21.
Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the mad scientist of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.
Often called Hillary Clinton's second daughter, Huma Abedin is a deeply trusted aide who is rarely far apart from the Democratic presidential nominee. She's also a confidante subjected to a similar level of attention and scrutiny as her longtime boss.
Hollywood star Robert Redford made a plea Monday for donations even lower than the average movie ticket price to defeat Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, while a super PAC supporting the incumbent said it planned to launch a new half-million dollar attack ad portraying Democrat Russ Feingold as weak on national security.
A Nashville judge dismissed pop star Taylor Swift as a potential juror in an aggravated rape and kidnapping case on Monday, Davidson County District Attorney General's Office spokesman Ken Whitehouse said.