When the world was introduced to Gene Wilder’s portrayal of Willy Wonka, it was love at first sight, as the role would go on to be one of the most enduring and legendary in the world of cinema.
Considering Wilder’s endearing, yet eccentric interpretation of Willy Wonka would end up as iconic, it’s no surprise that the news of his passing on August 29, 2016 spread quickly, after his family confirmed the death of the captivating actor.
In celebration of his life and success, let’s not forget how much joy Wilder brought to us. Simply put, he inspired us all, especially as the candy magnate in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As a remembrance of such a monumental role, here’s a look back at the most memorable scenes from the classic.
Wonka’s Grand Entrance
“The snozberries taste like snozberries!”
“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams.”
“You lose! Good day, sir!”
Although now gone, Wilder will continue to captivate audiences with his wry, yet endearing interpretation of the character that inspired ‘pure imagination’ in us all.