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‘Willy Wonka’ star Gene Wilder dies at age 83

‘Willy Wonka’ star Gene Wilder dies at age 83



There’s one less smile in the world this morning L.  Celebs and fans have paid tribute to comedy legend Gene Wilder, after the actor passed away this weekend at age 83.  Jim Carrey said on Twitter, “Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form.  If there’s a heaven he has a Golden Ticket”.

Wilder was the star of comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles (1974) and The Producers (1967), but for many it was his role as charming candy man Willy Wonka in the adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic that was his most iconic.  From pure imagination to frantic eccentricity, we look at the funny man’s best moments:


“You know, morons” (Blazing Saddles, 1974)

New sheriff Cleavon Little fails to supress a guffaw when Wilder’s Jim, aka the Waco Kid, attempts to explain the racist behaviour of the townsfolk, before clarifying that they’re actually just idiots.  Little’s laughter seems real in this scene, and can you blame him?


“No, it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen’” (Young Frankenstein, 1974)

Nearly everyone knows that Frankenstein was the doctor and not the monster, but who knew we’d been saying his name wrong all this time?


“Blue blanket”, (The Producers, 1967)

Wilder was quite literally hysterical as neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who is reduced to a gibbering wreck when deprived of his beloved blue blanket.  Exhausting eccentricity doesn’t even cover it.


“You want me to do what?” (The Woman In Red, 1984)

Wilder wrote and directed 80s classic The Woman In Red, as well as playing wannabe lothario Teddy, whose ill-conceived plan to have a friend help him get out of the house to go on an illicit date backfires badly.


Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, 1971)

Perhaps the most classic of them all…RIP, Mr Wilder.