Original ‘Willy Wonka’ Gene Wilder dies at 83
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.