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On Twitter, Gene Wilder Remembered Fondly by Shah Rukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor

Gene Wilder, actor-director and comedy legend, died on Monday after complications from Alzheimer's disease.

  | August 30, 2016 10:27 IST (New Delhi)
Gene Wilder

A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a file photo of Shah Rukh Khan

Highlights

  • Gene Wilder died at the age of 83
  • His most notable role was in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • He directed fours films, including The Woman In Red
Gene Wilder, actor-director and comedy legend, died on Monday after complications from Alzheimer's disease. As news of his death spread, tributes poured in on social media. Mr Wilder was noted for his classic comic performances as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Dr Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and 'The Waco Kid' in Blazing Saddles.
On Twitter, he was remembered fondly by Hollywood colleagues and celebrities from Bollywood. Mr Wilder's long-time friend and frequent collaborator, veteran actor-director Mel Brooks, led the tributes, writing this touching eulogy: "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." Many notable Hollywood stars including Billy Crystal, Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais called him a 'true genius' for his time.
In India, Shah Rukh Khan remembered being inspired:
 
Rishi Kapoor had fond memories:
 
Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha wrote:
 
Actress Mandira Bedi remembered her childhood:
 
Meanwhile, Mr Wilder's Will and Grace co-stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Sean Hayes, other actors like Lucy Liu, Topher Grace and John Leguizamo, and musicians Lenny Kravitz and Vanessa Hudgens also paid tribute to the actor:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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