Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was one of the essential films for me and my older sister growing up, along with the likes of The Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Star Wars trilogy and Dirty Dancing (for her, obviously) among others.
I've looked back on that film in recent years and the gleam in Gene Wilder's eye and the tone of his voice blending joy, menace and tenderness is something I've appreciated more and more as I get older. Especially the last scene when he sweetly tells Charlie he is giving him the factory ("That's alright, isn't it?") and his closing story about the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. You made many of us laugh with your comedies but for me, that moment is what I'll remember about you, good Sir. RIP.