2016 has been a rough year in regards to losing beloved celebrities and cultural icons, and the roller coaster ride is not over yet.

News broke earlier today that actor Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83 years old. He is an actor that had creative influence over large portions of my earlier life. Between such amazing movies as Blazin’ Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka .. his vitality and quirky sense of expression always captivated my imagination, driving me to think and express my own creativity. Hearing of his passing this morning spurred me to take a walk thru his Filmography on IMDB.com and refresh my memory even further.

This is when the memories (and emotions) really did come flooding back for me. Frisco Kid, Haunted Honeymoon, Stir Crazy and so many more all hold key positions in my cinema history and I will cherish those feelings forever.

Rest now Gene, you will live on in our hearts and minds.