Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Young Frankenstein. Blazing Saddles. Silver Streak. The Producers. The Frisco Kid.
Those are just a handful of the film legacy that beloved star of stage and screen Gene Wilder has left us, and we are undoubtedly richer for it.
Unfortunately, 2016 continues to be an evil, vicious bastard of a year in the entertainment industry. It claimed Gene Wilder on August 28, 2016, with complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
To honor his life, here are a few great moments from his body of work.
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Of course, it’s impossible to sum up such a larger-than-life figure in such a short space. To fully appreciate all the gifts he gave us, might we suggest holding a little Gene Wilder film festival for yourself?
Unfortunately, his films don’t seem to be available streaming unless you rent or purchase them. However, your local public library is also a good place to look for DVDs and Blu Rays with bonus features for your added enjoyment!