(NEW YORK) — Famous fans and friends of Gene Wilder took to Twitter to mourn the 83-year-old actor and writer, who died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s.
Here are just a sample of the online condolences.
“Thanks for all the laughs, Gene Wilder. #RIPGeneWilder”
“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.”
Josh Groban, who recently recorded “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: “Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes.”
“Good Day Sir!” RIP Gene Wilder
“Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing.”
“Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP.” The Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer and director also posted a picture of Wilder and his wife to remind people that though he was married to the late Gilda Radner, his current wife was there for him. Gunn wrote, “Re all the mentions of Gilda with Gene Wilder’s passing, remember Karen, his wife of the past 25 years. True love:”
Re all the mentions of Gilda with Gene Wilder’s passing, remember Karen, his wife of the past 25 years. True love: pic.twitter.com/pD39FuiRFH
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016
Harry Connick Jr.
“so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder… such an incredible man… i’ll miss you .”
“The greatest comedic mind of my childhood is now gone. #RIP #GeneWilder & thank you 4 your pure imagination. This one hits hard.”
“RIP #GeneWider. We lost one of the greats today. How deeply you will be missed.”
“The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder.”
“Gene Wilder’s talent was too great to be contained by the term ‘actor’. Instead he should be thought of as a ‘genre'”. #RIPGeneWilder
“R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come.”
“There’s a big hole in Comedy’s heart with the loss of Gene Wilder today. RIP Willy Wonka.”
“Farewell #GeneWilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy happy hours.”
“Thanks for stopping by Earth for a while.”
“#RIP #GeneWilder one of the great comic geniuses. U will be missed!”
“I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends. George St. Cows outside.
Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.”
“I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my [heart] dance – you bad, and now may you rest in peace.”
Sir Roger Moore
“RIP Gene Wilder. Only happy memories of making Sunday Lovers together.”
Debra Messing, who worked with Wilder on Will and Grace: “A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can’t say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. ??RIP #GeneWilder”
“He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder.”
“GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you.”
“We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.” Tonight’s show will be dedicated to Gene Wilder…Willy Wonka will never die”
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Source: General Entertainment