After the huge loss that the world of music suffered with the death of Mexican Singer and composer Juan Gabriel, we later learned about the sad passing of one of the most beloved actors of cinema…the extraordinary Gene Wilder.
Gene Wilder’s death makes a huge loss for the acting world. In words of Mel Brooks “one of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.”
Today, is very rare to see a true talent like Gene Wilder’s. He was one of a kind and his films gave so much joy to many people around the world.
We cannot forget the films that Gene Wilder made with his good friend, the also extraordinary talented Mel Brooks. These films in which are now a treasure of cinema are “Blazing Saddles”, “The Producers” and of course, “Young Frankenstein”.
Now in these days, is very rare to see a true talented actor like Gene Wilder, today’s films and today’s “actors” are not as good, as brilliant like Gene Wilder. Not even Johnny Depp convinced us with his “Willy Wonka” portrayal in Tim Burton’s remake. All of us, still had Gene Wilder as the one and TRUE Willy Wonka in our minds.
If we look carefully to his filmography, we realize that Gene Wilder didn’t make too many films BUT…. almost all of his films are considered the greatest of the history of American films. “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex”, “The World’s greatest Lover”, “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, “Hanky Panky”, “The Woman in Red”, “Haunted Honeymoon”, “”The Frisco Kid”, “Sunday Lovers” “Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy” and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”, (these last films made with Richard Pryor) and of course, “The Producers”, “Blazing Saddles”, “Young Frankestein” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are the wonderful films of Gene Wilder’s brilliant filmography and that now are a treasure for all of us.
Some interesting trivia: Gene Wilder prefered to write books instead of acting.
After his wife Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer, Gene co-founded Gilda’s Club, a support group to raise awareness of the disease
In October 2001, he read from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as part of a special benefit performance held at the Westport Country Playhouse to aid families affected by the September 11 attacks. Also in 2001, Wilder donated a collection of scripts, correspondences, documents, photographs, and clipped images to the University of Iowa Libraries.
His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His mother was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Gene had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
His performance as Willy Wonka is ranked #38 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Here is one of the favorite moments of “Young Frankestein”:
Here is the grand entrance of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka:
Gene Wilder was 83. Rest in Peace, Gene Wilder. We will never forget you.