Gene Wilder, who died today at 83, left the world with a lifetime of iconic comedy roles and performances.
Wilder’s trademark energy, commitment and timing make it difficult to choose a single performance to remember him by a testament to his incomparable talent.
Fans, including those who have become iconic writers and comedians themselves, paid their respects by describing what made Wilder such a special performer, and sharing the incredible film moments that displayed his range and skill as an actor.
Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka is a perfect performance. Like he birthed everything about that character into existence from the ether.
Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder came up with Willy Wonka’s trip / somersault so nobody knew what to expect from him. That’s genius. RIP.
Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 29, 2016
He was the best laugher, the best hair, best eye-twinkler, most aggro-sympathetic, and most of all, the best yeller of all time.
Joe Randazzo (@Randazzoj) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder’s performance as Victor Frankenstein might genuinely be the greatest leading performance in movie history.
Russell Hainline (@RussellHFilm) August 29, 2016
I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my dance – you bad, and now may you rest in peace.
Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was one of the true greats. I think about his performance in this all the time, with joy. https://t.co/FmaS44yaGG
David Wain (@davidwain) August 29, 2016
This scene is comedic perfection. As well as the very next line: “Hello Handsome!” https://t.co/wA1QLILTRI
Bryan Bishop (@BaldBryan) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder’s total sincerity in this moment has always made it the best line delivery in any comedy ever. RIP. https://t.co/DjcYNjqapE
Jay Bauman (@JayBauman1) August 29, 2016
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