Actor Gene Wilder, the title character in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and a co-star of Richard Pryorin four movies, died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.
His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according toVariety.
In addition to Willy Wonka, Wilder’s standout films include his 1967 debut “Bonnie and Clyde,” his first major role as Leopold Bloom in 1968’s “The Producers,” for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and 1974’s “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” under writer/director Mel Brooks.
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ACTOR GENE WILDER (‘STIR CRAZY’, ‘WILLY WONKA’) DEAD AT 83 was originally published on praisecleveland.com