Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dead at 83 (VIDEO)

Legendary comic actor, Gene Wilder, has died at age 83. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Gene Wilder, the leading man with the comic flair and frizzy hair known for teaming with Mel Brooks on the laugh-out-loud masterpieces The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has died, his family told The Associated Press. He was 83.

The two-time Oscar nominee also starred as a quirky candy man in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and in four films alongside stand-up legend Richard Pryor.

Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor died Sunday night in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. In 1999, Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants.

Wilder will forever be remembered for his ill-fated Hollywood romance with Gilda Radner. Less than two years after they were married, the popular Saturday Night Live star was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20, 1989, at age 42.

Wilder brought such sweetness to the roles he played. So many great films. May he rest in peace.

Here’s Wilder singing and dancing “Putting on the Ritz” from Mel Brooks 1974 film Young Frankenstein.

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