Gene Wilder, 1933-2016.
Few comics will ever come close to matching what this icon did onscreen.
A rich spread of larger than life characters (outlandish candy, magnates, anxious gunslingers) would make him a star name, but it was his flair for comic timing, his boundless manic energy, and twinkle in the eye, that would truly cement Wilder as one of cinema’s most iconic funny men.
And so, as the world mourns his passing aged 83, we’ve compiled some of the most touching tributes across social media to put this massive loss into perspective.
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Goodbye, Gene Wilder. You were one of the great screen comedians. Original and surprising every time.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 29, 2016
Bryce Dallas Howard
Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 29, 2016
I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends . George St. Cows outside.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.