Gene Wilder was a funny, funny actor, someone who could evoke laughs with seemingly little effort, combining to great effect his wide eyes, frizzy hair, and impeccable comic timing. I cannot even begin to list all the films that he made that I have enjoyed over the years and so it was with considerable sadness that I learned of his death today at the age of 83.
He starred in four films with Richard Pryor and they made a wonderful comic pairing. I loved Silver Streak, especially the scene where they are both on the run and where Wilder puts on blackface and Pryor tries to teach him how to act black. The quality of this clip is lousy but it is the only one I could find and I still find it funny.
I will also post this little gem from Blazing Saddles where he tries to explain to Cleavon Little why the townsfolk won’t accept a black sheriff.