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Gene Wilder Passes Away at 83

08.29.2016

 

This is truly a sad day. From yelling that his name is "FRAUNK-en-STEEN" in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN or "You lose! Good day, sir!" in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Gene Wilder has been a mainstay in our popular consciousness for a long time now. As a wholly original comedic presence, he elevated everything he was in, and was always a delight to see on screen.

When people, especially celebrities, pass away, there seems to be a groundswell of support and possible hyperbole about their work and career. But I honestly believe we lost someone special today. And he will be missed.

However, instead of dwelling on the tragedy of it all, let's focus on what he left behind. BLAZING SADDLES. THE PRODUCERS. The aforementioned YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Classics, all of them. And there are many more, from his contributions with Richard Pryor (like the underrated HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL) to even a recent guest appearance last year on YO, GABBA GABBA, he worked his magic until the end. And we should forever be grateful that he existed, because otherwise so many great movie moment would never have existed either.

We're all sad to see you gone Gene, but we're glad you shared the time with us that you could.

RIP Gene Wilder (1933-2016).

Extra Tidbit: Mel Brooks originally cast character actor Gig Young in the role of Waco Kid in BLAZING SADDLES. When Young was too drunk to work on set, Brooks brought in his friend Gene Wilder to replace him.

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2:09AM on 08/31/2016
so sad, but at least he didn't die young. RIP Mr. Wilder!
so sad, but at least he didn't die young. RIP Mr. Wilder!
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10:25AM on 08/30/2016
I don't have anything to add to all the grief, here or elsewhere. I guess I could marvel at the fact Mel Brooks is still kicking around, though that has little to do with Wilder's passing. I wasn't a huge Willy Wonka fan (love the book though), but Gene Wilder had an improbably charm and comic timing.
I don't have anything to add to all the grief, here or elsewhere. I guess I could marvel at the fact Mel Brooks is still kicking around, though that has little to do with Wilder's passing. I wasn't a huge Willy Wonka fan (love the book though), but Gene Wilder had an improbably charm and comic timing.
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12:47AM on 08/30/2016
To be perfectly honest I didn't even know he was still alive until a year ago. the man was just absent from public life for so long. As for this there's really not much to say. It always sucks to lose someone but it's hard not to make this comment green when you consider the body of work he left. I would say everyone starts in the film industry hoping to make a movie that will be enjoyed for generations and Wilder left us with at least 3 or 4 indisputable classics. consider this for a moment,
To be perfectly honest I didn't even know he was still alive until a year ago. the man was just absent from public life for so long. As for this there's really not much to say. It always sucks to lose someone but it's hard not to make this comment green when you consider the body of work he left. I would say everyone starts in the film industry hoping to make a movie that will be enjoyed for generations and Wilder left us with at least 3 or 4 indisputable classics. consider this for a moment, Willy Wonka was a a bit of a cheap made film, made in part to sell candy bars. Yet due in no small part to Wilders performance it's one of the most memorable childrens films of all time.
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12:07AM on 08/30/2016

The first thing i thought of when i heard the news

Jim: Where you headed, cowboy?
Bart: Nowhere special.
Jim: Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there.
Bart: Come on.
[Jim mounts up and they ride off into the sunset... in a limousine]
Jim: Where you headed, cowboy?
Bart: Nowhere special.
Jim: Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there.
Bart: Come on.
[Jim mounts up and they ride off into the sunset... in a limousine]
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10:20AM on 08/30/2016
That's how I'd like to think he went out. With Cleavon Little and everything.
That's how I'd like to think he went out. With Cleavon Little and everything.
11:07PM on 08/29/2016
Years ago he signed a movie magazine for me and asked me do want a bag for that or do you want to eat it here?
Years ago he signed a movie magazine for me and asked me do want a bag for that or do you want to eat it here?
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2:11AM on 08/31/2016
seriously? awesome!
seriously? awesome!
10:09PM on 08/29/2016
Alzheimer's is the worst. Another legend lost in 2016. RIP Mr. Wilder. You will live forever for me in black and white.
Alzheimer's is the worst. Another legend lost in 2016. RIP Mr. Wilder. You will live forever for me in black and white.
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9:57PM on 08/29/2016

Farewell...

my old friend. You'll always be my Willy Wonka.

Godspeed!
my old friend. You'll always be my Willy Wonka.

Godspeed!
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9:33PM on 08/29/2016
May he rest in peace. He's one comedic genius and legend. To me, the very best scene of his work is in Blazing Saddles where he shows the sheriff how fast he can shoot a gun and then he shows another hand which is just shaken uncontrollably LOL!
May he rest in peace. He's one comedic genius and legend. To me, the very best scene of his work is in Blazing Saddles where he shows the sheriff how fast he can shoot a gun and then he shows another hand which is just shaken uncontrollably LOL!
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9:12PM on 08/29/2016
An absolute legend and one of those entertainers that was like a member of our family while growing up. What a loss. RIP.
An absolute legend and one of those entertainers that was like a member of our family while growing up. What a loss. RIP.
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6:41PM on 08/29/2016
I've had this feeling for a while now that it was Mel Brooks that we would loose soon but I didn't expect this. Sad indeed but at least it was a long life that was lived.
I've had this feeling for a while now that it was Mel Brooks that we would loose soon but I didn't expect this. Sad indeed but at least it was a long life that was lived.
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6:04PM on 08/29/2016

RIP

In a hit and miss filmography he was always infinitely watchable, and seemed like a very sweet and genuine person.
In a hit and miss filmography he was always infinitely watchable, and seemed like a very sweet and genuine person.
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6:00PM on 08/29/2016
Rest In Peace, good sir. Another one of the ol' comedic greats has left us. An underrated spark of joy.
Rest In Peace, good sir. Another one of the ol' comedic greats has left us. An underrated spark of joy.
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5:41PM on 08/29/2016
Who could love a sheep? Who could make Hitler sing? The candyman could. The candyman could 'cause he was played by Gene Wilder, who made the world feel good. R.I.P.
Who could love a sheep? Who could make Hitler sing? The candyman could. The candyman could 'cause he was played by Gene Wilder, who made the world feel good. R.I.P.
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5:23PM on 08/29/2016
My favorite character of his was from the Frisco Kid. He displayed his innocence and heart with just a look. So so good.
My favorite character of his was from the Frisco Kid. He displayed his innocence and heart with just a look. So so good.
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5:21PM on 08/29/2016

An Under Rated and Under Appreciated Talent

Along with his wife (Gilda Radner) they were Comedic Royalty for decades and both have been and will be missed.
Along with his wife (Gilda Radner) they were Comedic Royalty for decades and both have been and will be missed.
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5:04PM on 08/29/2016
Good day, sir!

RIP Mr. Wilder.
Good day, sir!

RIP Mr. Wilder.
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5:04PM on 08/29/2016

Extra Tidbit

Gig Young wasn't drunk on set. He passed out due to alcohol withdrawal.
Gig Young wasn't drunk on set. He passed out due to alcohol withdrawal.
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5:04PM on 08/29/2016

He was a huge influence....

I loved most of his movies. Although I wouldn't say he was a great actor, he had a great charisma that came across in most of his roles. He also starred in some of the best (and most memorable) films of that era.
I loved most of his movies. Although I wouldn't say he was a great actor, he had a great charisma that came across in most of his roles. He also starred in some of the best (and most memorable) films of that era.
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4:55PM on 08/29/2016
Truly a sad day,... RIP dear Willy,... RIP, Wilder.
Truly a sad day,... RIP dear Willy,... RIP, Wilder.
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