Monday, 29 August 2016

RIP Gene Wilder

Sad news today as the family of two-time Oscar nominated comic genius Gene Wilder have confirmed he has died at the age of 83.

I grew up with Wilder films. As a family we loves his collaborations with Richard Pryor; Silver Streak, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and I loved the stuff he did with Mel Brooks such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, so it's really saddening to hear that he has died following complications with Alzheimer's disease.

One of Wilder's most famous roles was as Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a film that means he is still watched and beloved of children to this very day. 


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