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Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka', 'Young Frankenstein', dead at 83

By Rollo RossMovies - 30 August 2016 12:00 AM | Updated 10:28 AM

Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka', 'Young Frankenstein', dead at 83

Gene Wilder, who brought a frantic air to roles in the movies 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Blazing Saddles', has died at the age of 83.

His family released a statement saying that the actor passed away at his home in Connecticut from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Wilder is best remembered for playing eccentric characters, bringing to life Willy Wonka in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', Dr Frankenstein in 'Young Frankenstein', and Jim in 'Blazing Saddles'.

Director and writer Mel Brooks who worked with him on 'The Producers', 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' posted on Twitter: "Gene Wilder - one of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship."

The comic actor, who was twice Oscar nominated, for his role in 'The Producers' usually portrayed a neurotic who veered between total hysteria and dewy-eyed tenderness. “My quiet exterior used to be a mask for hysteria,” he told Time magazine in 1970. “After seven years of analysis, it just became a habit.”