NEW YORK (AP) - Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka' and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family says.
Wilder starred in other comedy classics including "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles".
Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died earlier this month 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."
Shortly after news of his death spread online, tributes poured in, including from Mel Brooks, himself:
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.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Here are a few others from Twitter:
find a better entrance in movie history. rip gene wilder. https://t.co/PdCdQiqcb7— Jason Gay (@jasongay) August 29, 2016
Goodbye Gene Wilder, thank you for so many great moments, you found the golden ticket...— Bryan S Beckman (@beckmanbs) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/TuMQheQCa4— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 29, 2016