Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder teamed as director and star on a trio of iconic comedy films in their careers, in a collaboration that began with 1967’s The Producers, then a pair of classics amazingly in the same year: 1974’s Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, the second of which the two co-wrote.
Brooks tweeted a statement today after Wilder died at age 83:
Playing accountant Leo Bloom opposite Zero Mostel’s producer Max Bialystock in The Producers, Wilder earned a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1969. He also was Oscar co-nommed with Brooks for the Young Frankenstein script. (Wilder was also credited on Brooks’ 2007 Broadway musical version of Young Frankenstein.)