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Loved his films, especially those with Madeline Kahn.
R.I.P. Gene..thanks, you gave me many hours of laughter....you will be missed.Even though I am a Deist, I hope that you and Gilda are laughing together somewhere.
OMG. Part of me wants to text my daughter, but mostly I want her to go on living a little while longer believing he is alive.
One of my favorite bits of Wilder trivia:"In 1970, when originally offered the lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by director Mel Stuart, the great Gene Wilder accepted on one condition. "When I make my first entrance,” he explained, “I'd like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I'm walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause." Asked why, Wilder said, "Because from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth."I am Laslo.
I always like him starting with Blazing Saddles. I probably didn't notice him in Bonnie and Clyde until after Blazing Saddles.
The Frisco Kid was a great western too.
He was terrific, and you chose an iconic scene from a magnificent movie to honor him.
Young Frankenstein was my favorite.
Agree with mock. Great performance. Legendary.
No! Seems too soon, but I see he was 83, I guess I didn't realize.But he and Gilda must be having a great laugh together about now.
What Gahrie said -- Wilder gave me so many moments of laughter from Young Frankenstein to Blazing Saddles to Silver Streak, that I feel a debt of gratitude towards him.A sweet gentle soul - May he rest in peace.
Puttin' on the Ritz.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1FLZPFI3jc
I probably didn't notice him in Bonnie and Clyde It was that scene that made me sit up and take notice. Not much levity in that film, but he sure pulled it off.
Stampeding cattle.Thats not much of a crime.Through the Vatican?Kinky.
From the linked obituary: "By his account, [Gilda] Radner was needy, obsessed with getting married and, once they married in 1984, obsessed with having a child, a project that ended in miscarriage just months before she learned she had ovarian cancer in 1986. Of their first year of living together, he wrote: 'We didn’t get along well, and that’s a fact. We just loved each other, and that’s a fact.' He left, only to find that he needed to go back.... Ms. Radner died in 1989. "I had one great blessing: I was so dumb, " Mr. Wilder once said of her last years. 'I believed even three weeks before she died she would make it.'"
Like so many, many classic movies, Blazing Saddles could not be made today. In this hyper sick political year, I have abandoned Fox News and become an acolyte of Turner Classic Movies. Unless NCIS is on - like right now on the USA channel. Monday is my day to do housework and pay the bills with NCIS on all 3 TVs throughout the house.But I digress from acknowledging the greatness that is Gene Wilder.
@CStanley is right. Too soon, and yet he lived a full life. How can he be simultaneously old and young? Genius.His Fox in "The Little Prince", an obscure film, is so lovely. Heartbroken.
"Now listen to me very carefully. Don't put the candle back . . ."
RIP Mr. Wilder. One of the greats. He made me laugh harder than I ever have- twice.
Loved his Mel Brooks films and the movies with Richard Pryor--what a great team. His and Peter Boyle's version of Puttin' On the Ritz is one of my favorites (Clark Gable, of all people, does a great version, too--look it up on YouTube--it's delightfully corny). RIP.
SPREAD YOUR WINGS, AND FLAP YOUR WAY TO GLORY!!!
Sad. What a very watchable actor. He gave me so many laughs.
He always looked like a real grade A asshole to me."What a fucking jerk" I would think whenever I watched Gene Wilder.Earth feels much cleaner, and larger, today.
Goc, I've been on the fence about you. Thanks for clearing that up.
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