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When news broke that the actor and comedian Gene Wilder had died at the age of 83 on Monday, Hollywood mourned. A wide range of celebrities took to social media to share their favorite memories and pay tribute to the memorable star of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and many more beloved films.
A photo posted by George Takei (@georgehtakei) on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:07pm PDT
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
The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder.
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) August 29, 2016
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Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 29, 2016
so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder… such an incredible man… i’ll miss you ❤️
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016
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— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 29, 2016
gene wilder i love you with all my heart
— Flea (@flea333) August 29, 2016
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Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. ????
— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 29, 2016
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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. ;^)
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was a giant of comedy. His legacy of films is inspiring. A true genius..
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) August 29, 2016
I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my ❤️ dance – you bad, and now may you rest in peace.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) August 29, 2016
RIP to the legendary Gene Wilder. 2016 has been painful so far. pic.twitter.com/7nbqY7Unva
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) August 29, 2016
There are no words–
— Jeffrey Tambor (@jeffreytambor) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was the best.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder touched my life, my heart and my funny bone with his unique and genius work. May he rest with peace and joy. #gene wilder
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) August 29, 2016
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“Good Day Sir!”
RIP Gene Wilder
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 29, 2016
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) August 29, 2016
A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can’t say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. ❤️RIP #GeneWilder
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder passed away. Wow, what a lovely career. Wonka, Dr. Frankenstein, Jim the Waco Kid… Gilda Radner must be giddy right now. #RIP
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) 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
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) August 29, 2016
R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 29, 2016
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 29, 2016
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder was such a HUGE part of my childhood!!! Thanks for everything Gene! You made a massive difference to millions.
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) August 29, 2016
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) August 29, 2016
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