‘He blessed my life’: Mel Brooks and Hollywood mourn comedy icon Gene Wilder
News of the death of comedy legend Gene Wilder reverberated around the entertainment world on Monday afternoon.
“Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time is gone. He blessed every film we did together with his special magic,” said Mel Brooks in a statement posted by the Hollywood reporter. “And he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed.”
Brooks and Wilder collaborated on seminal works like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. But other actors and comedians shared their memories of Wilders’ entire career online, as seen below.
RIP Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/TuMQheQCa4
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 29, 2016
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder. Only happy memories of making Sunday Lovers together.
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) August 29, 2016
Pure magic, always.
Thank you, Gene Wilder.
— Billy West (@TheBillyWest) August 29, 2016
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) August 29, 2016
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) August 29, 2016
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 29, 2016
He breathed life & joy into everything he touched. Rest in peace, Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/r7ufUDbyMq
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) August 29, 2016