It’s hard to believe that Gene Wilder is nearly 80. Seriously I can’t fathom that. But having watched one of his best movies yesterday made me realize that actors like him are very hard to come by. I mean in today’s day you find many actors that come from the same mold. What I mean is you can sort of find actor equivalents these days.
But Wilder? Wilder is one of a kind. Can you honestly say that you know of actors like Gene Wilder? I didn’t think so. So I’ve decided to list what I believe to be his seven best film roles.
Honestly I can’t rank these, it’s too hard.
Young Frankenstein – Dr. Frankenstein
Classic Mel Brooks right here. First of all his little mustache kicks ass in this film. Second of all, it’s Gene Wilder yelling and stuff. His hair alone makes him perfect for this movie. Couldn’t have been casted better if Mel Brooks tried.
Blazing Saddles – Jim
This has got to be one of the funniest if not the funniest Mel Brooks films in existence. Do you realize how racist this film is? Wow. And talk about a great role for wilder. A has been drunk with a dead aim gun shot? Plus the bear stubble? I just love how Wilder was always in character. Never showed an ounce of emotion. Awesome.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Willy Wonka
If I did have to rank this list Willy Wonka would clearly be my number one. When you talk unique character, there will NEVER be another Willy Wonka out there. Don’t even get me started on Tim Burton’s version. Like I said, there will never be another Willy Wonka.
Silver Streak – George Caldwell
While it wasn’t my favorite of the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder team ups, it was still a great movie and Wilder nailed it in this one.
The Frisco Kid – Avram
Lots of people I know have never seen this movie. And that’s a shame. The chemistry between Wilder and Harrison Ford is awesome. It’s a great Western Parody and the Orthodox Jew accent is spot on for Wilder. This movie was enjoyable from start to finish.
Stir Crazy – Skip Donahue
If I had to go number 2 I might have to do this movie. This is far and away the best of the Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder team up movies. I don’t think it’s even close. Watching Wilder on the fake bull scene makes me spit up my drink every time.
See No Evil Hear No Evil - Dave Lyons
I had to mention this one.