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Gene Wilder, who died on Monday following a battle with Alzheimer’s, left behind a body of work that began 50 years ago and includes some of the greatest ever comedies.
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Here are 10 of his landmark roles:
– Death of a Salesman (1966)
Alex Segal’s Emmy Award-winning adaptation for television of Arthur Miller’s iconic play, starring Lee J Cobb from the original 1949 Broadway cast as Willy Loman. Wilder played Bernard, the son of Loman’s neighbour.
– Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Wilder portrays Eugene Grizzard, one of the fugitive duo’s hostages, in his big screen debut.
– The Producers (1968)
Wilder was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for the first of his many collaborations with legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks.
– Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Wilder plays candy impresario Willy Wonka in perhaps his most celebrated role. Legend has it — incorrectly — that Fred Astaire was in the running for the part. Ron Moody and Jon Pertwee were considered before Wilder was chosen.
– Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks’s searing satire of racism and depictions of the American Old West and the collaboration that nearly never was. Oscar-winning Gig Young was cast as the Waco Kid, but he collapsed during his first scene and Wilder was flown in to replace him.
– Young Frankenstein (1974)
An affectionate parody of the horror genre in which Wilder plays a descendant of Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein.
Another Mel Brooks collaboration and another Oscar nomination, this time for the script he wrote with the director.
– The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
A musical comedy remarkable only for the fact that it was Wilder’s directorial debut.