'Willy Wonka' Star Gene Wilder Dead at 83

His family confirmed the news.
1:01 | 08/29/16

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Beloved actor made famous from his roles in the movie's young Frankenstein and blazing saddles has passed away this afternoon. We are learning more about the death of Gene Wilder while his nephew revealed today that the actor died earlier this month. In Stamford Connecticut he had been suffering from alzheimer's disease. Perhaps best known for is freezing hair in the panda characters he played. Wilder had a great range as an actor he played the boozing sheriff from blazing saddles and the charming candy man. In the children's favorite Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. No hey it's time you know who'll come and it's pure imagination and. The wild live gore from Wisconsin and at one point was married to actress Gilda Radner. His career was always intertwined with producer Mel Brooks Brooks just tweet it that Gene Wilder was quote one of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic and he blessed me with his friendship. We'll have more on wild his life and legacy coming up at 5 o'clock.

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