There’s a lot of communication on the InterWebs today about the passing of Gene Wilder. We lose good people all the time, but this is one that strikes me.
When I think of these movies;
- The Producers
- Willy Wonka
- Young Frankenstein
- Blazing Saddles
- Silver Streak
- Stir Crazy
I smile and think of how entertaining these movies were, because he was in them. His used car salesman face, while saying an outrageously humorous line, combined with his curly wild hair, added to his comedic delivery. When he starred in a Mel Brooks movie, you knew it was going to be memorable. The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, come to mind.
If you’ve seen any of his 4 movies with Richard Pryor, you watched one of the great movie comedy pairings. Even when there were serious moments, it was movie magic, with them in it.
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RIP Jerome Silberman / Gene Wilder
June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016