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Comedy Icon Gene Wilder Dead at 83

The versatile actor was known for his timeless roles in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Young Frankenstein,' and more

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder is dead at 83. Wilder’s nephew told the Associated Press that the actor and author died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Wilder died late Sunday at his Stamford, Connecticut home.

Wilder is best known for his timeless role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The actor also enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with Mel Brooks, who cast the comedy icon in films including Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and more. Wilder and Brooks co-wrote the Young Frankenstein script, which garnered them an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Brooks expressed his condolences on Twitter:

Wilder was also well known for his partnership with Richard Pryor. The pair starred in the films Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Another You. In his career as a writer, Wilder published a memoir, a collection of stories, and several novels.

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