RIP Gene Wilder (83)


Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.


  • waldopepper

    a sad loss. i think some of the funniest moments on the silver screen belong to jerome silberman, aka gene wilder

    a great interview he did a few years back on youtube if anyone is interested.
    just search on “Gene Wilder Robert Osborne at 92Y”. he looks very old, but a delight to watch none the less.

    i had always wondered why he stopped making movies. turns out it was because of the profanity that crept into scripts. he just didnt want to be part of it.

  • Boondecker

    “Blazing Saddles” is still one of the funniest movies I can recall from when I was a kid. And as for his time as “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, it had real story-telling charm and inspired youngsters everywhere that, where there was competition for something, ‘you had to be in to win’. Finding the magical Golden Ticket is still something I find crosses the mind every time I open a large chocolate wrapper. Good times!

  • Keyser Soze

    Hands down my favourite 80s comedy actor. I have Christmas withdrawals if I don’t watch WWATCF at least once during the holidays. RIP Gene 😞

  • Stirmyporridge

    These are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know…morons.

  • WekaLegs

    “What’s a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?”

  • PhantomsDoc

    Heard a couple of lefty dropkicks on the radio today talking about how bad Blazing Saddles was and how it was so racist that both of them weren’t able to sit through it and watch it.

    My first impression was ‘what a couple of pretentious prats’ and then I realised what the problem was. They have no sense of humor, no irony and definitely no understanding of satire. It wasn’t racist, the brilliance in it was how it poked so much fun at Hollywood and stereotyping.