Wilder drowned himself in work after Radner’s death, and his next project was a romantic comedy directed by none other than Spock himself. Interestingly, the movie had main elements that paralleled with Wilder’s life. This must have helped the new widower process his grief. Wilder and director Leonard Nimoy worked together on this film about a political cartoonist, played by Wilder, who has a wife that can’t have children.
The cartoonist ends up falling in love with a sorority girl, played by Mary Stuart Masterson, and is finally able to have a family. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a big hit.
Wilder Refused to Do a Film if he Couldn’t Rewrite the Script
Wilder was asked to star in another comedy film titled “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” alongside Richard Pryor. The successful duo was about to strike again! Once he read the script, however, Wilder said the only way he would accept the part was if he could rewrite it, to which the producers said yes.
Ironically, after the film’s release in 1989, critics gave a lot of negative reviews, the main one being the script. Guess it doesn't matter how good you are, no man is immune to a bad review every once in a while. However, Wilder, Pryor, and Kevin Spacey’s performances were praised by all.
Wilder Became Very Involved in Raising Cancer Awareness
It often happens that people with means and funds choose to invest them in causes close to their heart. And what could have been closer to Wilder than his dear wife's passing? After Radner passed away in 1989, Wilder became very involved in raising cancer awareness and promoting causes that offered treatment.
He even founded the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and also a support group called Gilda’s Club. Gilda’s Club was a support group for cancer patients and survivors that started in New York City and became so big throughout the years that eventually opened branches across the U.S.
His Last Movie With Richard Pryor
After his project with Nimoy was a flop, Wilder was cast to play discharged mental patient Abe Fielding in the 1991 comedy film “Another You.” He starred alongside his old comedy buddy Richard Pryor, who plays a con man that becomes friends with Abe.
At the time they were filming, Pryor’s physical health had significantly deteriorated due to multiple sclerosis, and as it turns out, it was his last time starring in a film. Ironically, it was also Wilder’s last time acting in a feature film. It was only fitting that after so many years of partnership and so many collaborations the two would have their latest project as a joint one.
Wilder Focuses on the Small Screen
“Another You” marked the end of Wilder’s cinematic career, as he shifted to TV shows and movies a year after. In 1994, Wilder wrote his own sitcom, which premiered on NBC, titled “Something Wilder.” Sadly, the show didn’t garner enough ratings to be renewed for a second season.
He then appeared in three TV movies – an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland”, and two mystery movies that he co-wrote, titled “The Lady in Question” and “Murder in a Small Town.” Those projects showcased Wilder's incredible range: as a comedic writer and an actor who can do anything from quirky to mysterious.