26 thoughts on “Gene Wilder: Dead At 83

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Interestingly, Dahl thought Wilder too cherub-faced for the Willy Wonka role and too American. His preferred choice was Spike Milligan – whom the directors thought too weird, and hence opted for Wilder.


      1. :-Joe

        Ye, that would have been a starkly different movie, I’d love to see how that would have played out.

        On a side note, look up Spike Milligan’s doco on Peter Sellers mental problems…. it’s wild as hell and weird on top.


  1. :-Joe

    Cheer up folks, it’s a sad moment but look towards the upside…

    It’s another marathon of great films and brief interviews and appearences to enjoy all over again in his honour.

    He gave us a hell of a lot of funny moments so I’ll be celebrating in the spirit of his comedic generosity.

    Name your favourite bit, scene or saying he did….

    -Off the top of my head : The bit where he keeps correcting people about his name being ” Dr. Franken – steen ” and not ” Dr. Frankenstein “… lol


    1. Barry the Hatchet

      : ) I can never read the word “Frankenstein” without hearing him shout “Frahnkensteeen!”

    1. Waddy Dilson

      “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a woman?” had me close to wetting my tiny little trousers when I was a little lad

  2. Bertie Blenkinsop

    “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted.
    He lived happily ever after.”

    Gets me every time.


      1. :-Joe

        WHAT?!… IS BERTIE GONE TOO ?!?!…..
        – Don’t tell me this is one of those “it always happens in 3’s” thingy’s….



          1. scottser

            Bertie you truly are 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% butterscotch ripple

  3. DubLoony

    Blazing Saddles – “You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.”

    Brilliant comic actor. RIP

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