Hollywood has been paying tribute to Gene Wilder after learning of his death yesterday (August 29).
Wilder, loved by many for his starring roles in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles, passed away at the age of 83 as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.
On Twitter, Russell Crowe wrote, “I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends,” while Stephen Fry, Kevin Smith and Billy Crystal all branded him a “genius”. Check out a selection of tweets below.
Gene Wilder was a giant of comedy. His legacy of films is inspiring. A true genius..
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) August 29, 2016
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 29, 2016
— Lucy Liu (@LucyLiu) August 30, 2016
— Adam West (@therealadamwest) August 30, 2016
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) August 30, 2016
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) August 30, 2016
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 29, 2016
RIP #GeneWilder. Thanks for the years of laughter. You will be missed.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 29, 2016
— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) 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
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
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
Wilder, known primarily as a comic actor, also starred in classic films such as Young Frankenstein and The Producers
Wilder frequently collaborated with writer and director Mel Brooks and stand-up comedian Richard Pryor. Brooks wrote on Twitter yesterday: “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.”
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
Wilder was twice Oscar-nominated, for his role in The Producers and for co-writing Young Frankenstein. He is survived by his fourth wife Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991, and by his nephew.