Great article. I have always been a Gene Wilder fan. Not the Willy Wonka weird stuff, as that whole story was always a bit creepy. Gene Wilder could do physical comedy, and straight up comedy screenplay, but he could also do comedy roles playing off other characters better than the vast majority of comedic actors: his hilarious interplay with Cloris Leachman and Marty Feldman in Young “FrOnkenSteeeen”, playing off Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy, and of course off of Cleavon Little in the best western ever.
Wilder made every actor funnier and more vivid, not by being less funny himself, but through a clever and unique delivery, awkward movements, and a face that could subtly, or with a hammer, convey confusion, absurdity, and even confidence. Gene Wilder is very underrated, and really could have made a huge impression on a few more generations of actors and moviegoers if he had kept at acting.