Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies and ‘Willy Wonka,’ passes away at 83

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UPDATE: 08/29/2016 3:30pm (AP) – Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83.

Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in “Young Frankenstein” or bilking Broadway in “The Producers.”

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” and as the charming candy man in the children’s favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”


Original Story:

The man who played Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has passed away.

Gene Wilder’s family announced his passing early Monday afternoon.

This is a developing story.

Please stay with WJTV as more information becomes available.

 

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