Death’s a tough one to write about. This past Monday we lost another good one: Gene Wilder. It’s a little eerie how topical his Milwaukee ties are as we reflect on his life, as Wilder (formerly Jerome Silberman) attended Washington High School in Sherman Park, just a few blocks from where the recent unrest took place.

Instead of dwelling on the sadness of both of these recent events tied to our fair city, let’s instead take a moment to celebrate the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest comedic actors in the best way us Millennials know how to process emotions: GIF-form.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967). All GIFs made on GIPHY. Featured image from Wikipedia.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967). All GIFs made on GIPHY. Featured image from Wikipedia.

The Producers (1967)

The Producers (1967)

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Silver Streak (1976)

Silver Streak (1976)

Stir Crazy (1980)

Stir Crazy (1980)

We Milwaukeeans should take a few hours and enjoy some laughs courtesy our crazy-haired son.