As you’ve likely heard by now, actor Gene Wilder has died at age 83 from complications from Alzheimer's disease. The Internet is aflood with obituaries highlighting the career of this sly comic genius. Which is as it should be.
“With his unkempt hair and big, buggy eyes, Wilder was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as [Mel] Brooks could devise,” Sandy Cohen wrote for the Associated Press. “But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy gunslinger in Blazing Saddles or the charming candy man in the children's favorite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
If you were alive during the 1970s, you couldn’t miss Wilder, who spent his later years promoting cancer research in honor of his late wife Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer.
Here’s a look back at seven of his most iconic roles.