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Now is the time: Remember Gene Wilder through these 10 classic roles

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.
“Wilder seems to be taking things somewhat seriously, yet the details are often so obscured, you never get around to caring all that much,” concludes a reviewer on the Classic Movie Guide website.

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