Willy Wonka’s Veruca, Violet, And Mike Remember Gene Wilder With Heartfelt Messages

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The world lost an imaginative, loving legend this week when Gene Wilder , iconic film star and comedian, died at 83 . Though Wilder starred in comedy classics The Frisco Kid , Blazing Saddles , and Young Frankenstein , kids and kids-at-heart will always know him as the quirky title character in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory .

It felt like all of Hollywood paid their respects to the late actor on social media yesterday, but the ones from Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, and Paris Themmen — who played the original Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teevee, respectively — really tugged on the heartstrings.

All five original kids, including Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) and Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), reunited in 2001 to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.

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