Five of Our Favorite Gene Wilder Quotes

As Gene Wilder walks the silver stairway to heaven, let’s celebrate his amazing career with five of our favorite quotes from the entertainment legend:

From Willy Wonka:

“It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!”

On his neuroses:

“So my idea of neurotic is spending too much time trying to correct a wrong. When I feel that I’m doing that, then I snap out of it.”

From The Producers:

“What did you expect? Welcome, Sonny? Make yourself at home? Marry my daughter? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons!”

On his late wife, Gilda Radner:

“I’m not so funny. Gilda [Gilda Radner] was funny. I’m funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while. But she was funny. She spent more time worrying about being liked than anything else.” 

In Young Frankenstein:

“Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven foot long, fifty four inch wide, gorilla? Is that what you’re telling me?!”

Wilder was known for his show stopping roles in films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Producers. He received two Oscar nominations in his career, one for Producers and one for the screenplay he helped write for Young Frankenstein. He wrote, starred in, and directed a slew of other notable films, and picked up an Emmy for a guest appearance on Will and Grace. His artistic legacy will not be forgotten.

“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him,” said his wife Karen Boyer and his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, in a joint statement on Tuesday.