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    Gene Wilder Passes at age 83.

    I will remember him mostly for two movie classics, Blazing Saddles and especially Young Frankenstein (steen). He was a very special actor and person.

    Gene Wilder Dies at 83; Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/mo...dead.html?_r=0

    Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

    A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

    With his haunted blue eyes and an empathy born of his own history of psychic distress, he aspired to touch audiences much as Charlie Chaplin had. The Chaplin film “City Lights,” he said, had “made the biggest impression on me as an actor; it was funny, then sad, then both at the same time.”

    Mr. Wilder was an accomplished stage actor as well as a screenwriter, a novelist and the director of four movies in which he starred. (He directed, he once said, “in order to protect what I wrote, which I wrote in order to act.”) But he was best known for playing roles on the big screen that might have been ripped from the pages of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

    He made his movie debut in 1967 in Arthur Penn’s celebrated crime drama, “Bonnie and Clyde,” in which he was memorably hysterical as an undertaker kidnapped by the notorious Depression-era bank robbers played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. He was even more hysterical, and even more memorable, a year later in “The Producers,” the first film by Mr. Brooks, who turned it into a Broadway hit.

    Mr. Wilder played the security-blanket-clutching accountant Leo Bloom, who discovers how to make more money on a bad Broadway show than on a good one: Find rich backers, stage a production that’s guaranteed to fold fast, then flee the country with the leftover cash. Unhappily for Bloom and his fellow schemer, Max Bialystock, played by Zero Mostel, their outrageously tasteless musical, “Springtime for Hitler,” is a sensation.

    to Gene.
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    Thank you for posting this. By all accounts he was a sweet, gentle man without a star's ego. In addition to Young Frankenstein, I'd add the Producers as my favorites.

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    Great News, one less vote for Hillary

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    That is really a nasty thing to say...please keep politics out of this?

    Sorry to read about his passing,I really liked him,classic comic...

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    Young Frankenstein was hilarious and Teri Garr was a perfect foil for him.
    "Nice knockers".

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    Great News, one less vote for Hillary
    Even the Donald would find your comment disgusting. Right Doc ?

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    Ridiculous comment, horrible
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    Great comedian, when Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor got together in a movie it was usually very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie View Post
    Great News, one less vote for Hillary
    Serious.... That is your thought on someone who died. Sad case for a human being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie View Post
    Great News,
    Despicable ugly heartless selfishness.

    Quote Originally Posted by westwoody View Post
    Young Frankenstein was hilarious and Teri Garr was a perfect foil for him.
    "Nice knockers".
    What a cast ensemble. Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman, Peter Boyle, Mary Feldman, Madeline Kahn and more.

    Today people around him testify to what a kind and sweet regular type of guy he was, totally unaffected by stardom. He doesn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Somebody mentioned a possible nomination years ago,” Martinez said. “But he didn’t seem to be interested.”
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    He's now in heaven with Gilda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passionné View Post
    What a cast ensemble. Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman, Peter Boyle, Mary Feldman, Madeline Kahn and more.
    But I never thought of "putting on the Ritz" the same way after seeing that.

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    Who's Mary Feldman

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    My favorite Wilder characters is the gun-slinging deputy in Blazing Saddles - I liked the line "yes but I shoot with this hand" and he raises his left hand shaking badly. He was outstanding in Willy Wonka. He made nailed that role. I loved him in the producers. When they cast Hippie musician Dick Shawn to play Hitler "we found our Hitler!" He was outstanding along with Richard Pryor, trying to pose as a black man in Silver Streak. I loved him in in Young Frankenstein. He would say "Steen! It's Fronkensteen!"

    Igor: Dr. Frankenstein...
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: "Fronkensteen."
    Igor: You're putting me on.
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it's pronounced "Fronkensteen."
    Igor: Do you also say "Froaderick"?
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No... "Frederick."
    Igor: Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Fronkensteen"?
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn't; it's "Frederick Fronkensteen."
    Igor: I see.
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
    [He pronounces it ee-gor]
    Igor: No, it's pronounced "eye-gor."
    Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was "ee-gor."
    Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungry101 View Post
    My favorite Wilder characters is the gun-slinging deputy in Blazing Saddles
    one of the best one word lines ever

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI-v4o2HKkQ

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