Before They Were Stars: Gene Wilder Narrates an Alka-Seltzer Commercial

To celebrate Gene Wilder’s birthday today, here’s a very unique edition of “Before They Were Stars” that features a star’s early career in voice-over work. Before he made it big, Wilder did voice-overs for a couple of commercials in the 1960s, including this one for Alka-Seltzer. This animated ad is pretty bizarre, to say the least, as Gene’s voice-over implies that all you need to cure a case of the “blahs” is Alka-Seltzer. Um… I had no idea Alka-Seltzer functioned as an antidepressant! Well, I guess in the days before Prozac, the cure for indigestion was all they had to work with.

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