Gene Wilder told me he loved making people laugh. No matter where he was in the world, kids would say, “There’s Willy Wonka!” With that sweet face, that hair, those eyes – wow! He is truly unforgettable. RIP.
Fyvush Finkel had more fun being famous than any one you’ve ever seen which always made talking to him such a delight. His “Boston Public” and “Picket Fences” fans adored him. He won an Emmy for playing the eccentric lawyer, Douglas Wambaugh, and proudly announced, “I waited 51 years to get on this stage.” He started in the Yiddush theater as a kid and told his jokes ‘til his last days. “There’s a saying,” he would laugh, “with one face, you can’t be at ten weddings! I cleaned that up to tell it!” But I can tell you with one tuchus he did a lot of acting.