• About
  • Careers
  • Newsletter
Arts & Entertainment Comedy legend passes at 83

Comedy legend passes at 83


We all know the meme, and we all know the movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” in which a semi- deranged candy maker picks off chil- dren one by one in an attempt to find the one child to whom he will pass on the keys to his kingdom. It was Gene Wilder’s most iconic role and one of the most quoted – and often imitated – character portrayals of all time.

This, however, was not Gene Wild- er’s only film appearance. Consider “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother,” the movie in which Wilder played Sigerson Holmes, the younger and lesser-known brother of Sherlock Holmes.

One recurring genre throughout Wilder’s filmography is the comedy. According to an NPR story on Wild- er, he learned very early how to make his mother laugh, and from there he would move on to audiences.

Wilder told NPR about his comedic origins in a 2005 interview.

“When Gene Wilder was 8 years old, his mother had a heart attack — and he took it upon himself to try to cheer her up. “It was the first time I ever tried consciously to make someone else laugh,” Wilder said. “And when I was successful, after peeing in her pants, she’d say, ‘Oh, Jerry, now look what you’ve made me do,’ ”

Wilder began a working relationship with producer, director and actor Mel Brooks who gave the world “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producer,” and “Young Frankenstein”.

Wilder will continue to inspire comedians, actors and filmmakers well into the future, and if anyone says otherwise- “Good day, sir. I said, good day!”


Previous articleVMAs controversy free
Next articleSisterhood

Latest news

Robert Brent fondly remembered by students and staff

Robert Brent, a junior at the University at Southern Mississippi, unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of...

University extends condolences to families, community members after plane crash

During the overnight hours last night, The University of Southern Mississippi was notified of a tragic plane...

Saweetie and Little Mix celebrate their independence with “Confetti”

Sometimes, a breakup is more of a celebration than a sad event. Pop group Little Mix returned...

Southern Miss NFL Draft prospects look to continue careers as free agents

Though Southern Miss's two NFL Draft prospects were not selected in this year’s draft, wide receiver Tim...

H.E.R. continues to grow artistically with “Come Through”

Over the past several years, we have watched R&B singer H.E.R. grow more comfortable artistically, peeling off...

Southern Miss wins another series, but misses opportunity to take over division

Southern Miss (26-13, 13-6 Conference USA) earned the series win with three victories against Western Kentucky University...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you