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  • Hollywood star Gene Wilder, who delighted audiences with his comic turns in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and several Mel Brooks classics including "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers," died August 29, 2016, at age 83. <br></br> Kenneth Mars looks for Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel in a scene from the film "The Producers," in 1968. Gene Wilder made his name as Leo Bloom, a nervous accountant who falls into a money-making scheme as a producer of a musical, along with Zero Mostel.
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  • Jack Albertson, Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum watch a candy-making machine in the film "Willy Wonka &amp; the Chocolate Factory," in 1971.
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  • Gene Wilder is seen in a scene from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" released in 1971.
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  • Gene Wilder as "The Fox" and Steven Warner as "The Little Prince" on the set of the film "The Little Prince" in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, in 1974.
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  • Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the original Frankenstein, with Peter Boyle as the new monster in the Mel Brooks film "Young Frankenstein, in 1974.
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  • Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in the film "Blazing Saddles," in 1974.
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  • Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in a scene from the movie "Silver Streak," in 1976.
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  • Actor/director Sidney Poitier gestures while speaking with Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, two of the stars of the film '?Traces' on Aug. 26, 1981.
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  • Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman in the film "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother," in 1975.
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  • Gene Wilder with his daughter Katharine Wilder during "Silver Streak" premiere party, Dec. 7, 1976 at Tavern on the Green in New York.
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  • Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor find short-lived careers as a pair of unlikely "woodpeckers" before they are framed for a bank robbery and hustled off to prison in the comedy "Stir Crazy" in 1980.
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  • Star of the original "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles," actor Gene Wilder, poses during a 1987 Los Angeles photo portrait session.
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  • Gene Wilder and Mikhail Baryshnikov rehearsing for CBS's "Baryshnikov Special" in Los Angeles, Nov. 16, 1981.
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  • Gene Wilder in Venice in 1981.
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  • Gene Wilder holds a torch in a scene from the film "Hanky Panky," in 1982.
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  • Gene Wilder operates the camera on set of the 1984 film 'The Woman In Red', in which Wilder wrote, directed, and stared.
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  • Gene Wilder shrieks in a scene from the film "Haunted Honeymoon," in 1986.
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  • Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in a scene from the film "See No Evil, Hear No Evil," in 1989.
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  • Gene Wilder and his wife Gilda Radner, on Sept. 7, 1984, during the 10th American Film Festival of Deauville, in Deauville, France.
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  • Gene Wilder photographed for a portrait on June 6, 1996, known for his iconic role in the film 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.
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  • Gene Wilder at the 2012 U.S. Open on Aug. 31, 2012, in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York.
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