Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and Mel Brooks comedies, dies aged 83

Gene Wilder as Wonka

Like all Dahl fans, I was incredibly saddened to hear of Gene Wilder’s death this morning. He is the reason that Willy Wonka became the worldwide icon that it is today. I have donated $50 to Alzheimer’s Australia in his memory, and if you are able, I suggest you do as well!

Here are some links to information about him and his work:





In an interview with Larry King in 2002, Gene Wilder talks about how he got his role as Willy Wonka. Source: CNN

His entrance as Wonka: