Greetings, Friends and Fiends.
Unfortunately, yet again this year, Ye Old Dragon must bear sad tidings.
He was a mad genius who brought a monster to life.
He was the Fox who taught a Little Prince an important lesson.
He was THE Candy Man.
In yet another massive loss to entertainment this year, we lost Gene Wilder today, aged 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Of course, Mr. Wilder was also known for his parts in Mel Brooks‘ THE PRODUCERS (1967) and BLAZING SADDLES (1974), his own ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ SMARTER BROTHER (1975) and his efforts teamed with the late Richard Pryor, but among his most popular -if not iconic- performances came in two of the above three films these images come from:portraying the grandson of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks‘ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) (which Mr. Wilder conceived and co-wrote the script) and as the titular wizard of confections and teacher of lessons in Mel Stuart‘s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971).
Rest in Peace, good Genius. Thank you for all the laughter, lessons and love you gave us all.
I don;t know about you, hatchlings, but I’m ready to hit Prince Sirki with a restraining order. We’ve lost so many icons this year.
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