Actor and comedian Gene Wilder, beloved for films such as “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Young Frankenstein,” has passed away at 83 years old.
According to Variety, Wilder’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
The actor is known for his frequent and hilarious work with director Mel Brooks, including in films like “The Producer,” which earned him an Oscar nomination in 1968.
Wilder was married to actress Gilda Radner from 1984 until she tragically passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989.
Although he was devastated by Radner’s death, he remarried in 1991 to Karen Boyer.
Most of all, Wilder will be best remembered for playing the lovable and eccentric recluse Willy Wonka:
In memory of Gene’s great work, here’s one of his most iconic scenes:
Rest in peace, Gene. You will be missed.