Gene Wilder (pictured at an event in 2005), the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83.

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.”

Here are some of some classic Wilder clips with Richard Pryor below.

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6 thoughts on “Gene Wilder, Star of Mel Brooks Movies, Dies at 83

  1. angietangie on said:

    Awww RIP Gene. I loved you in the movie See No Evil with Richard pryor. that was one funny movie. Now you and Gilda can make heaven laugh all day and night. Rest up buddy!!!!!

  2. R. A. Freeman on said:

    Gene Wilder…the husband of Gilda Radner (SNL) Great actors, both of them. RIP Gene! You will be missed. Condolences to the family of Gene Wilder.

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