If there was one comedic actor, who also happened to star (as well as c0-write) in one of the best horror parodies ever made, that made a huge impact on my younger years, it was Gene Wilder. First becoming aware of him as Willie Wonka, where I still love his sarcastic wit there, to his later work with Mel Brooks, he was one actor that I knew was going to make me laugh. But even though Young Frankenstein was a comedy, he still treated the subject matter and history of the series with respect, which remains one of my favorites to this day.
Wilder passed away today at the age of 83, with reports stating it was due to complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilder made people laugh. He made us forget about our problems for a while. Now is the time to bust out Young Frankenstein, or one of his many other great films and sit and laugh and remember this talented man. As I always say here, he will be missed but never forgotten. With Wilder, because of his performances in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and of course, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he will be remembered for generations to come. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.