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Old 08-29-2016, 07:33 PM
 
Location: The 719
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R.I.P. Gene Wilder. I grew up watching this guy, a comic genius.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:42 PM
 
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Was thinking about how he really wasn't a great fit for the character of Jim in Blazing Saddles.. But he took that role and made it great.

If you were casting that role.. Gene Wilder would be the absolute last person you'd think of.

But now.. Can you picture anyone else in it?
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:08 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I remember Gene Wilder in a more notable role, Willy Wonka, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

I greatly respect his decision to stay away from new productions in recent years because of foul content.

It is very sad to learn of his passing. He will be missed.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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One really great thing about the MOVIE business is the really talented people in the business. GENE WILDER was one of those. His line from Young Frankenstein "what a set of knockers".tops the list. R.I.P and tell Gilda Hello.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:24 PM
 
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Very sad............. I loved Willy wonka!!

I loved him in Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory,Blazing saddles and Silver Streak!!



Poor Willy
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Old 08-30-2016, 04:00 AM
 
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He was awesome in " Stir Crazy". I also liked him the "The 'Frisco Kid." RIP Gene and say hello to Richard Pryor and Harvey Korman for me.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:31 AM
 
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We must recall that Mr. Wilder remarried, was married to Karen Boyer for 25 years, and that she cared for him during his last difficult years. I did find some of the tributes slightly troubling in that regard, since so many referenced his first wife, Gilda Radner, and acted like he never married again.


However, that said, Gene Wilder was one of my favorite comedic actors. In my mind, he will forever be Leo Bloom, panicking over his blue blanket. What a wonderful movie The Producers was.


Second would be Young Frankenstein. This morning I laughed out loud while listening to the radio as they played the clip from the 'song and dance' scene, with Gene the Mad Scientist singing 'Putting on the Ritz', while Peter Boyd (also RIP), as the Monster, contributed to the chorus in his unforgettable way (sounding rather like a monkey passing a kidney stone).


Mr. Wilder seemed, from all accounts, to be a good and decent man. I never heard of any scandal connected to him. He was a unique actor and shall be missed, although he will forever live on in the movies.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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We must recall that Mr. Wilder remarried, was married to Karen Boyer for 25 years, and that she cared for him during his last difficult years. I did find some of the tributes slightly troubling in that regard, since so many referenced his first wife, Gilda Radner, and acted like he never married again.


However, that said, Gene Wilder was one of my favorite comedic actors. In my mind, he will forever be Leo Bloom, panicking over his blue blanket. What a wonderful movie The Producers was.


Second would be Young Frankenstein. This morning I laughed out loud while listening to the radio as they played the clip from the 'song and dance' scene, with Gene the Mad Scientist singing 'Putting on the Ritz', while Peter Boyd (also RIP), as the Monster, contributed to the chorus in his unforgettable way (sounding rather like a monkey passing a kidney stone).


Mr. Wilder seemed, from all accounts, to be a good and decent man. I never heard of any scandal connected to him. He was a unique actor and shall be missed, although he will forever live on in the movies.
I hate to tell you this, but Gilda was not Gene's/Jerome's first wife, but THIRD.

When taking a position of correcting others, it is best to know the actual FACTS first.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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We must recall that Mr. Wilder remarried, was married to Karen Boyer for 25 years, and that she cared for him during his last difficult years. I did find some of the tributes slightly troubling in that regard, since so many referenced his first wife, Gilda Radner, and acted like he never married again.
I don't think anyone is acting like he never married again. But there's no denying that he and Gilda shared a great love and he was openly devastated by her loss. He continued championing her cause and even writing about her, even after he remarried. The Gene Wilder that the public knew largely disappeared after her death.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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We must recall that Mr. Wilder remarried, was married to Karen Boyer for 25 years, and that she cared for him during his last difficult years. I did find some of the tributes slightly troubling in that regard, since so many referenced his first wife, Gilda Radner, and acted like he never married again.


However, that said, Gene Wilder was one of my favorite comedic actors. In my mind, he will forever be Leo Bloom, panicking over his blue blanket. What a wonderful movie The Producers was.


Second would be Young Frankenstein. This morning I laughed out loud while listening to the radio as they played the clip from the 'song and dance' scene, with Gene the Mad Scientist singing 'Putting on the Ritz', while Peter Boyd (also RIP), as the Monster, contributed to the chorus in his unforgettable way (sounding rather like a monkey passing a kidney stone).


Mr. Wilder seemed, from all accounts, to be a good and decent man. I never heard of any scandal connected to him. He was a unique actor and shall be missed, although he will forever live on in the movies.
Thank you Legalsea for the information about Mr. Wilder's last wife. I did not realize he had remarried after Gilda passed. My condolences and apologies to her for my oversight.
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