Director Mel Brooks, a personal friend of Wilder’s and collaborator shares his thoughts on Gene Wilder passing as does Kevin Smith, Billy Crystal, Stephen Fry, James Gunn and many more celebrities. Hollywood reacts to loss of Gene Wilder:
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
so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder… such an incredible man… i’ll miss you ❤️
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016
Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zK0v4d70gh
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was a giant of comedy. His legacy of films is inspiring. A true genius..
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) August 29, 2016
RIP #GeneWider . We lost one of the greats today. How deeply you will be missed.
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) August 29, 2016
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder . Thanks for the memories.
— Mrs ShannonTSimmons (@shannonleetweed) August 29, 2016
Bye bye Willie Wonka , God speed . Mr Gene Wilder R. I .P 🕊
— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder, one of my favorite actors. Thank you for making our lives happier and brighter. We will miss you.
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) August 29, 2016
My ❤️is breaking. I spent last night watching my fav clips of Gene Wilder & just left a pitch asking if he could be in my show.#Ripmyfav
— Ginger Gonzaga (@gingerthejester) August 29, 2016
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 29, 2016
I just read my Willy Wonka passed away. #RIPower Gene Wilder
— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) August 29, 2016
Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. 🎩
— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 29, 2016
The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder.
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) August 29, 2016
A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can’t say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. ❤️RIP #GeneWilder
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) 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
One of my biggest inspirations Gene Wilder has passed away RIP. I’m saddened but he lives on in every way imaginable!!
— reggie watts (@reggiewatts) August 29, 2016
I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my ❤️ dance – you bad, and now may you rest in peace.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) August 29, 2016
GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you. https://t.co/pybXNFlGaq
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 29, 2016
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka
RIP Gene Wilder your performances filled my childhood with joy.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 29, 2016
I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends . George St. Cows outside.
Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 29, 2016