On 29th August 2016, the actor Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) died aged 83. Many people would’ve likely been familiar with his acting in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among other films.
I fear this may turn into yet another post mourning an actor who I never knew but whose work had an influence on me. Again, this is probably a massive cliche because whenever a famous actor or musician dies, people’s social media feeds are flooded with tributes, despite the fact that we never new them in person.
However, therein lies the paradox. We feel so connected to an actor or a singer through their public persona and that is why we feel so lost when that person sadly passes away. I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory a great deal when I was younger and it was an early favourite of mine. It is somehow far superior to the 2005 offering starring Johnny Depp, which just pales in comparison to the magnificence of its predecessor.
I know that is what everyone said. But Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease and Wilder will be greatly missed as an actor.
– “But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted,”
– “What happened?”
– “He lived happily ever after.”
RIP Gene Wilder.
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