Gene Wilder Remembered: What Hollywood Is Saying About the Legendary Actor

"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship," Mel Brooks tweeted of the star's death.

Fans and celebs alike are mourning the death of prolific performer Gene Wilder.

Wilder, who is best known for his work in films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, also earned a best supporting actor nomination for his role in 1967's The Producers. The star, beloved by many for decades of work in film, died Sunday at his home in Stamford, Conn., due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, his family announced Monday.

Rain Pryor, daughter to Richard Pryor, recalled to The Hollywood Reporter how hard it was to imagine one without the other when it came to the two comic legends she grew up watching on movie sets. "To watch the two of them together," she said, "there's not a magic that's been like that in a long time."

Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, spoke at length to THR about what it was like to film the classic with Wilder: "Gene was very much in the role. It wasn’t that you couldn’t approach him — he was very approachable. But he was serious about what he did and wanted to get it right." During long breaks Wilder would break character to entertain the young cast, said Ostrum, who remembers being surprised by Wilder's somersault grand entrance into the Wonka Factory.

Debra Messing, who worked with Wilder on two episodes of her starring sitcom Will & Grace, told THR: "My memories of Gene are that of pure Light. He brought it with him wherever he went. His eyes — so childlike, joyous, warm, mischievous — were like no one's I've ever encountered. I grew up with Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles. He was my Happy Hero, and by some miracle he became a part of our family. There will never be anyone like him ever again. I miss him already."

After hearing the news, Wilder's Young Frankenstein costar Cloris Leachman told THR: "Oh, Gene, it's too soon! It's too soon."

Carol Kane, who costarred with Wilder in The World's Greatest Lover, told THR: "We're all so lucky to have known him in whatever way that we did." And Kelly Le Brock, who Wilder cast in her first film role in 1984's Woman in Red, recalled to THR how she reconnected with her costar during a bump-in on a 2012 flight to Bermuda. 

Here is what other famous faces in Hollywood are saying about his death and his legacy:

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