Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka' and Mel Brooks comedies, dead at 83

- 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:

Here are a few others from Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

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