Whether enchanting children as Willy Wonka, or squeezing some much needed humor out of a bad situation as Eugene Grizzard (one of Bonnie and Clyde‘s hostages), Gene Wilder always brought unpredictability to his roles on the silver screen.

Classic Wilder films like Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles showcased his comedic chops, while Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory showed a more sentimental and mysterious side of the actor. Wilder even paired up with controversial funny man Richard Pryor three times in the 80s, culminating with the bizarre See No Evil, Hear no Evil in 1989.

No matter which incarnation was your favorite, we can all agree that Gene Wilder’s zest for life and zany stylings were always front and center.