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He was truly one of the greats: The world remembers Gene Wilder, in tweets

Tributes from peers and admirers poured in Monday for Gene Wilder, who died Sunday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

hollywood Updated: Aug 30, 2016 09:12 IST
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, perhaps one of his most popular roles.
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, perhaps one of his most popular roles.

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in The Producers and the mad scientist of Young Frankenstein, has died. He was 83.

Tributes from peers and admirers poured in Monday, after Wilder died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time, is gone. He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed.” --- Director Mel Brooks in a statement

Read: Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Wilder started his acting career on the stage, but millions knew him from his work in the movies, especially his collaborations with Mel Brooks on The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. The last film - with Wilder playing a California-born descendant of the mad scientist, insisting that his name is pronounced “Frahn-ken-SHTEEN” - was co-written by Brooks and Wilder and earned the pair an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay.

“Goodbye, Gene Wilder. You were one of the great screen comedians. Original and surprising every time.” ---Comedian and actor Steve Martin said on Twitter

Carl Reiner, the legendary filmmaker and comedian suggested everyone familiarise themselves with the work of Gene Wilder.

Billy Crystal, actor in classic comedies When Harry met Sally and City Slickers acknowledged Wilder’s genius on Twitter

“Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there’s a heaven he has a Golden Ticket,” said actor Jim Carrey on Twitter. Carrey is a famous comedian and actor, known for his roles in blockbuster films from the late ‘90s to the early 2000s.

Director Edgar Wright, known for his Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy said on Twitter

Comedian Ricky Gervais, used a Wilder quote on Twitter

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or, The Academy also paid tribute on Twitter

Actress Debra Messing, known for her work on TV, said on Twitter

Actor Jason Alexander, most famous for his role as George Costanza in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld, said on Twitter

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, though not known for his comedic roles, noted Wilder’s influence

Comedic actor and presenter Stephen Fry said on Twitter.

Film Critic Leonard Maltin thanked Wilder for all the laughs he’s brought over the years

“GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you,” said director of such cult comedies like Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Kevin Smith on Twitter, about Wilder’s wife Gilda.

Actor Alan Tudyk, who will soon be seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spoke about Wilder’s acting prowess on Twitter

Even singer/songwriter Josh Groban thanked Wilder for the influence he has had on his career

Actor Rob Lowe called Wilder one of his heroes on Twitter

Actress Uzo Aduba, known for her role as Crazy Eyes on TV’s Orange is the New Black wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter

“Some of the hardest laughs in my life were sparked by Gene Wilder,” said Scrubs actor Donald Faison on Twitter.

The provocative comedian Sarah Silverman paid respects on Twitter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for playing Elaine on Seinfeld and the Selina Meyer on Veep thanked Wilder for all the joy he’s brought to the world.

RIP dear, wonderful Gene Wilder. What an influence you were in my life. Thank you for all that joy.

A photo posted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@officialjld) on

Even Kermit the Frog wrote a funny, yet touching message on Twitter.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, noting the talent we’ve lost in 2016, was justifiably angry on Twitter.

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