late, great gene wilder As he celebrates his 88th birthday here today, fans are paying tribute to the actor on social media in memory. Truly, Wilder was a one-of-a-kind actor who will forever be unforgettable to anyone who watches any of his performances. Whether it’s for his starring role with comedy legends Richard Pryor and his frequent collaborations with Mel Brooks Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wilder has garnered a worldwide fan following.
Wilder’s name has recently started trending on Twitter as thousands of fans have been honoring him with tribute posts. It also included a touching tweet from a fan who wrote, “There will never be another Gene Wilder. What a national treasure he was. What a talent. What a wonderful, wonderful person who has endured so much unwanted pain.”
“Gene Wilder. Man, that was my Willy Wonka,” says another fan. “He’s right about the mischievous eyes. In that role, he had. And he was funny. And that was a part of so many childhoods. Remember him.”
Incorporating an amazing image of Wilder with some oomph-loompas, another fan posted: “Happy birthday to the greatest Candy Man ever and a great performance as Willy Wonka and the Fox: Gene Wilder! David’s 50th L. Volpers Technicolor Musical Production of Here with Oompa-Loompas in Anniversary Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), A Paramount Picture.”
“Gene Wilder is one of the touchstone actors of my childhood,” writes another fan. “I can’t count the laughs she gave me Willy Wonka To young frankenstein For Sherlock Holmes’ smart brother. Happy birthday to a legend.”
Recalling Wilder’s work with Richard Pryor, another person wrote, “He and Pryor both made me laugh my pants off more often then I remember! [GOAT], happy B-Day! For an amazing career, Gene Wilder from Mazel Tov! Willy Wonka will always be in our hearts and minds!”
And taking inspiration from Wilder to help make the world a better place, another fan said, “It’s not just Friday, today is Gene Wilder’s birthday! Live today as he wants, make someone laugh if Feel like you. Collar and squeeze the life out of it, however you choose.”
Oddly enough, we’re just weeks away from the 50th anniversary of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which is one of Wilder’s most popular films. In honor of the occasion, Fathom Events has scheduled the classic film’s return to select theaters, though it won’t happen until August. This screening is part of a selection of this year’s “TCM Big Screen Classics” lineup that Fathom is offering this year. Tickets are currently on sale.
Of course, you don’t have to wait to see the movie to honor Wilder’s birthday today. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Currently streaming on HBO Max. There are also many other classics to choose from to help celebrate the occasion, be it young frankenstein, blazing Saddles, silver streak, or something else. In any case, let us join the fans in wishing Gene Wilder a happy birthday too! You can see many more tribute posts on Twitter.