Willy Wonka Star Gene Wilder Dead At 83: Gene Wilder News

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On Tuesday Willy Wonka Star Gene Wilder Dead At 83 was a top story. Here is the recap: Iconic actor Gene Wilder, best known for his starring roles in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein," died on Sunday (August 28th) from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

His nephew, actor Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed to media outlets on Monday that actor passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Wilder starred in a string of Mel Brooks' hit movies beginning with "The Producers" followed by "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein".

Brooks tweeted "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."

Apart from the roles in the Mel Brooks films and his legendary Willy Wonka performance, Wilder also costarred with Richard Pryor in several films including the hits "Silver Streak" and ''Stir Crazy." Read his nephew's full statement - here.


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