No matter how old you are, chances you’ve seen and adored a Gene Wilder film. Sadly, the beloved actor passed away yesterday at 83 years old. Starring in movies since the ’60s, he played everything from Young Frankenstein to Sherlock Holmes’ “Smarter Brother,” and had roles in iconic films like “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Blazing Saddles.” Probably best known for bringing Roald Dahl’s character Willy Wonka to the screen, Wilder genuinely changed childhoods. His rendition of “Pure Imagination” epitomizes Willy Wonka: equal parts magic, glee, curiosity and melancholy. The song’s message was important then, and still is.
Vale, Gene Wilder