Gene Wilder has died.
The two-time Academy Award nominee passed away yesterday in Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’ disease, which the actor reportedly had been keeping private in order to allow fans to keep their image of him undisturbed. He was 83.
Wilder, of course, will be best remembered for his performances in the OG 1967 adaptation of The Producers and for Young Frankenstein and for Blazing Saddles, and for being the male half of a comedy power couple with his third wife, Gilda Radner, whom he lost to cancer in 1989, and, perhaps yet, for his Emmy-winning guesting turns on TV’s Will & Grace back in the early aughts.
Needless to say, however, the man will always bring smiles to faces as the star of 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. So with that, a final remembrance:
Did you make a wish?