Gene Wilder death: star of Willy Wonka and Stir Crazy dies, aged 83

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor - Stir Crazy

Gene Wilder Death – the family of the comedy genius has today confirmed that Gene Wilder has passed on.  While we may not have seen him on our screens in many years, he will never be forgotten. He was one heck of a comedian! While the world will remember him for his captivating turn as Willy Wonka in the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, my favourite Gene Wilder role will always be Skip Donahue in Stir Crazy.

Acting beside the brilliant Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder was so lovable, so empathetic, that he secured a place in my heart forever. The actor had been in many amazing films, however. He starred in classic favourites such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka
Willy Wonka excellently portrayed by Gene Wilder

The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1989 but stayed fighting. He is reported to have finally died on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

He will surely be missed but appreciated for his amazing portfolio of work.

Tributes for the Amazing Gene Wilder

Tributes started flying in from the great and the good minutes after the news broke.

Gene Wilder Tribute - Ricky Gervais

Gene Wilder Tribute - Mel Brooks

Gene Wilder Tribute - Jim Carrey

Gene Wilder Tribute - Russell Crowe

Gene Wilder Tribute - Zach Braff

Gene Wilder Tribute - Stephen Fry

 

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