Gene Wilder Dies

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Gene Wilder in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"Gene Wilder in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Comedic icon Gene Wilder has died at 83.

Known for his roles in "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," Wilder was a comedic genius whose neurotic and hysterical acting style enraptured the world. He was nominated for two Oscars throughout his lifetime, for "The Producers" and "Young Frankenstein" and was best known for his partnerships with actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks.

"My quiet exterior used to be a mask for hysteria," he said to Time magazine in 1970, reports Variety. "After seven years of analysis, it just became a habit."

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989, according to Variety.

The AV Club reports that Wilder's nephew confirmed that he has died due to complications from from Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 28. 

He is survived by his fourth wife of 25 years, Karen, and his nephew.  

Sources: Variety, AV Club / Photo credit: UTV North Ireland/Facebook

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