Funny Memes To Remember Gene Wilder By
On Monday, the comedy world lost one of its luminaries when Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. Scores of people are heartbroken at his death, but surely Wilder, who devoted himself to making others laugh, would want people to remember him for the joy and hilarity he brought to their lives. So, to celebrate him, here are funny memes to remember Gene Wilder by.
The actor responsible for Willy Wonka, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Frankensteen"), and many other iconic characters gave the world a goofy, neurotic magic that no one will ever be able to match. With his madcap blue eyes and his reliable charm, he could cause audiences to roll with laughter one minute, and the next, play the straight man to the hilt so that his costars could shine. Generations of children were introduced to him as the chocolate factory owner of their dreams (and, given how dark parts of Willy Wonka got, maybe their nightmares too), before growing into his bawdier roles like the sheep-loving doctor in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask).
On social media, many were quick to post clips and pictures of their favorite Wilder performances, showing that a funny Gene Wilder meme needed no extra text or set-up, just his elastic face.
"Put the candle back!" RIP the fiercely brilliant Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/JMMs339f6r— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) August 29, 2016
My parents went to see THE PRODUCERS on their first date. Thank God for Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/skKlkVBMRk— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor walking though heaven's gate like https://t.co/70Va5do9uy— [Official] P1Domo (@P1Domo) August 29, 2016
Just saw Gene Wilder died. He was awesome.. His voice when he was manic in movies & screaming always cracked me up https://t.co/xpEbJXeWII— Giant Robo Funkybot (@Giantrobot2011) August 29, 2016
And what would a good celebration of Wilder be without re-watching "Puttin' On The Ritz" from Young Frankenstein, in which Wilder's doctor shows off his undead creation to the world in a classy song and dance number?
Two greats (Peter Boyle, Gene Wilder), one of the great scenes https://t.co/4I2ng0ZKtR They can now finish their dance.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) August 29, 2016
Wilder co-wrote that movie with Mel Brooks, and conceived the dance scene, insisting they try it out despite Brooks' objections. Now, it's one of the most famous comedic scenes in movie history.
Similarly, when Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart asked Wilder to play the titular character, Wilder agreed to it under one condition. According to Letters of Note, he said,
Wilder wanted this because, he said, "From that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth."
One of the most memorable introductions in film history, this somersault was written into the script by Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/7cYboJuBJn— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 29, 2016
Okay, perhaps there are some tears mixing in with the laughter.
At least they're together, now. pic.twitter.com/eLRfoEsGPr— Matthew D'Ambrosio (@drmattdambrosio) August 29, 2016
RIP, Gene Wilder. Your spirit will be sorely missed.