Gene Wilder – level 3
Millions knew Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. As one of the actresses from the film described him, he was a kind, generous and patient man.
His sense of comedy was irresistibly funny, and his performances in “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles” earned him Oscar nominations.
Wilder suffered from Alzheimer’s but he had chose not to make this public. Not for reasons of vanity but because he simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world. He passed away on Monday at the age of 83. Thousands of tributes have been pouring in for the actor.
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