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Gene Wilder, Star of Mel Brooks Classics, Dies at 83

Carmela Zoppi | 09 Settembre, 2016, 15:19

Mel Brooks, who Wilder collaborated with on many occasions, tweeted: "Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time".

Also while on Fallon, Brooks recalled his childhood in Brooklyn.

After news broke on Monday that American actor Gene Wilder had died, celebrities and colleagues took to social media to mourn the death of the beloved comedian.

Upstate New York's Peter Ostrum, best known for his role as Charlie Bucket in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", is mourning the loss of Gene Wilder. And when Brooks was in desperate need of an actor to replace real-life alcoholic Gig Young as fictional drunk The Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles, Wilder came to his rescue.

Wilder and Brooks consistently worked with each other throughout their careers.

Brooks collaborated with Wilder as director in several comedy classics including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

Friend and longtime collaborator Mel Brooks led the outpouring of emotion, attesting to the "magic" that Wilder brought to the screen, including his most well-known role as Willy Wonka. "They always had that smile, that look of wonder", Walker-Pearlman said.

Gene Wilder fans looking for a place to gather, watch his films again or introduce someone to the actor's comic genius will have the chance this weekend.

"Brooks and Wilder met when Brooks" wife Anne Bancroft was doing a play with Wilder.

"He was taking off his makeup in his dressing room, and I took the script and I said, 'Gene, we got the money, we're going to make the movie".

Wilder said he would have been happy to do more films like those, but comedy went in a different direction than the one he was comfortable with.

"I think it's an insult", he said. "You are Leo Bloom, '" Brooks recalled. "I can't call him", Brooks added.

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