Take a walk on the Wilder side

This dude brought a lot of smiles to the world:

American actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory', directed by Mel Stuart, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American actor Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’, directed by Mel Stuart, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory…

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In The Producers

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In Blazing Saddles…

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In Young Frankenstein…  (admit it, in your head you just thought “It’s FRONK-in-Steen)

 

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In buddy films like Silver Streak and Stir Crazy with Richard Pryor…

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… and in the way he cared for his wife Gilda Radner as she struggled with, and eventually succumbed to, ovarian cancer. Despite his heartache, he became an advocate for cancer patients.

Kind. Gentle. Loving. Right up until the end.

 

 

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