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Remembering Gene Wilder

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The entertainment industry lost a talented actor.  Actor Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  RIP Gene. Your contribution to the entertainment industry will never be forgotten.

Entertainment N More wanted to remember Gene by looking back at three of our favorite Gene Wilder films.

Young Frankenstein

Director: Mel Brooks
Writers:  Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks
Stars:  Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman

Synopsis:   Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Director:  Mel Stuart
Writers: Roald Dahl
Stars:  Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

Synopsis:  The last of five coveted “golden tickets” falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.

Blazing Saddles

Director: Mel Brooks
Writers:  Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, and Alan Uger
Stars:  Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens

Synopsis:  In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.

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