“Willy Wonka” Actor Gene Wilder Dies at 83

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

Actor Gene Wilder, best known as the star of 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has passed away at the age of 83.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilder died this month in Stamford, Conn. from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants in 1999.

Wilder also starred in films such as Young Frankenstein, and four films with the great Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991).

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