Gene Wilder, a UI alum and one of the finest comedic actors of the 20th century, passed away on Monday. He was 83. The New York Times eulogized him far better than I could, so I'll defer to their words on this occasion.
I'll always remember him as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where he was nimble, mischievous, clever, and warm-hearted.
But he was brilliant in so many other films, too, like Blazing Saddles (featuring another UI alum, Alex Karras):
Not to mention Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, and many, many more. He also provided a timeless quote that manages to perfectly sum up our ethos at BHGP and now at Go Iowa Awesome:
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men
I can't think of a better way to sum up our guiding principle when it comes to this blog.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder. You will be sorely missed.