Celeb Reactions To Gene Wilder’s Death Show He Was Admired By Many Among His Profession
On Monday, news broke that Gene Wilder — known best for his iconic roles as Willy Wonka and in Mel Brooks films such as Blazing Saddles — has died at the age of 83. His nephew confirmed to the press that Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Sunday night. Across Twitter, celeb reactions to Gene Wilder's death have already begun pouring in, showing he was much loved and revered by many across the entertainment industry.
Even though it's been more than a decade since Wilder has appeared on TV or film, he was clearly admired by many, as the reactions on Twitter reveal. Wilder's last feature film was in 1991 — Another You — with fellow comedian and actor Richard Pryor. His last small screen role was a three-episode guest starring role as Will Truman's boss on on Will & Grace in 2003, which earned him an Emmy Award for his performance. Many fellow actors, comedians, and writers took to Twitter to express their grief, shock, and admiration for a man who shaped comedic charisma in the seventies and eighties — inspiring many in the entertainment industry when they were younger.
Director Mel Brooks shared his grief and tribute to a long-time friend:
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
Others, like comedian Patton Oswald, responded with anger (and for Oswald, rightfully so — his wife died suddenly earlier this year):
Good job maintaining your shittiness, 2016. https://t.co/vRo3mC9du6— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 29, 2016
For many celebrities, their Twitter tributes and sympathy wishes showcased the impact that Wilder had on their lives and careers:
Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 29, 2016
He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/kxis66bIGd— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016
And of course, a touch of dark comedy, too:
"Good Day Sir!"— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder
Rest in peace, Mr. Wonka.