Gene Wilder was best known for his role of Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Though many of his films are legendary, this is the role people grew up with. The man was a truly amazing talent.
A comedic actor and writer, the man helped to write one of his most famous movies, Young Frankenstein which he also starred in.
The man was so talented that when he was asked to play Willy Wonka, he claimed that he would only take the role if he could do one thing.
The man was a film badass who gave us one of the most memorable scenes in the entire movie.
Sadly, according to his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman,Wilder passed away late Sunday night in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer’s. The nephew’s statement read,
“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”
Sadly, there are many less smiles in the world today due to this great loss. Still, Wilder will always live on in our hearts thanks to his heartwarming roles.