Gene Wilder has passed at the age of 83. We now know that the man who wrote, produced, directed and starred in some of Hollywood’s best films and enraptured millions of hearts was suffering from debilitating Alzheimer’s disease. The legendary performer touched the world with his satire and quirky sensibilities, and while the world mourns, so do his friends and the countless entertainers he inspired. They quote his words, they reflect on his actions and they pay tribute to his utter greatness in 140 characters or less.
We’ll start off with Gene’s friend, mentor, and director, Mel Brooks.
Richard Pryor’s daughter made a touching tribute as well.
It’s interesting to see Jim Carrey play tribute, but in retrospect, you can sense that his manic portrayals of madmen with hearts of gold took plenty of inspiration from Wilder.