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)