Actor Gene Wilder, the star of classics comedies such as ‘The Producers’ and ‘Blazing’, died on Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
“It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived, that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder,” Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement.
The comic actor was twice Oscar-nominated, for his role in “The Producers” and for co-writing “Young Frankenstein” along with Mel Brooks, the director of ‘The Producers’. Brooks later wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, “He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed.”
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
Wilder became widely known for his role in the children’s favorite ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’.Willy Wonka also earned him a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy.