Late great Gene Wilder’s five highlights

Comedy genius Gene Wilder
Comedy genius Gene Wilder
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Having this week lost American actor Gene Wilder at the age of 83, here's a backward glance at his greatest on-screen moments.

Famous for his collaborations with actor/comedian Richard Pryor and director Mel Brooks, Wilder was perhaps best known for his performance as the titular character in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Before that he had starred in Brooks’ Broadway spoof The Producers, for which he was Oscar nominated, and went on to become one of the biggest comedy actors of the '70s and 80s.

He worked again with Brooks on the likes of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein - earning another Oscar nod - and teamed up to huge success with Pryor for Silver Streak, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

As tributes from co-stars, celebrity fans and ordinary cinema-goers poured in from around the world, pop culture blog i09 put together this compilation of some of Wilder’s greatest on-screen moments.