The world lost yet another legend yesterday when Gene Wilder, star and comedic actor best known for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” passed away at age 83.
Mel Brooks, who directed Wilder in many of his most memorable roles, tweeted:
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
In tribute to Wilder, we have compiled five quotes from his greatest roles.
“I’m hysterical! I’m having hysterics. I’m hysterical. I can’t stop when I get like this. I can’t stop. I’m hysterical. Oh my god. Ah-la-la-la.” -Leo Bloom from “The Producers” (1967)
“It’s pronounced ‘Fronk-en-steen.'” -Dr. Frankenstein from “Young Frankenstein” (1974)
“Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there.” -Jim from “Blazing Saddles” (1974)
“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” -Willy Wonka from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)
“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” -Willy Wonka from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)
Catherine grew up watching action flicks at a very young age which led to her love of film. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Radio-TV-Film in 2012. Always the adventurer, Catherine traveled and lived in Sydney, Australia for a year where she took a selfie with Brad Pitt. She runs Shuffle with passion, lots of caffeine and tacos. When she’s not editing or writing you can find her crafting and planning her next adventure.