Remembering “Willy Wonka” Star Gene Wilder

Fans remember actor Gene Wilder and his unique humor and loving performances that inspired “pure imagination.” He was an unforgettable — and somewhat unsettling — fixture of a generation of children.
Others remembered the real-life love story between Wilder and Gilda Radner, cut short by her death of cancer in 1989.
It was a blend of vulnerability and hysteria that made him special. Rest In Peace, to a man of nonsense and wisdom.

Willy Wonka is a fictional character who appears in Roald Dahl‘s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its 1972 sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He is the eccentric owner of the Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Wonka has been portrayed in film multiple times. In 1971, Willy Wonka was portrayed by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Wilder’s portrayal is considered widely beloved and one of his greatest roles. Johnny Depp‘s portrayal of the character in 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory polarized critics and audiences. Both Wilder and Depp received Golden Globe nominations for their performances. Wonka will next be portrayed by Timothée Chalamet in an origin prequel film titled, Wonka, scheduled for release in 2023.

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