The world lost another icon in legendary actor/director Gene Wilder. It was reported that Wilder passed away due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. News of his death has begun to spread world wide, displaying a true testament to the Willy Wonka star’s influence.
In addition to the iconic performance in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wilder was known for his roles in Mel Brooks classics The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Wilder went on to write and direct The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and other projects. Brooks shared his thoughts on Wilder’s death through Twitter:
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Wilder had an unforgettable chemistry with comedian Richard Pryor. The two co-starred in a number of films together, their most successful collaboration was in Sidney Poitier’s Stir Crazy:
Since his last acting appearance (Will & Grace from 2002-2003), Wilder remained busy as a writer, his most recent work being 2013’s Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance.
We remember Gene Wilder with a scene from Young Frankenstein; he is survived by nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, and wife Karen Boyer.