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Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder dies at 83

Wilder's most beloved characters is that of Willy Wonka in the 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Photograph: (Getty)

Los Angeles, CA, United States Aug 29, 2016, 09.53 PM (IST)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory star Gene Wilder died on Monday (August 29), his family confirmed.

The actor died at his home in Connecticut following a battle with Alzheimer's disease, his family said.

He starred in hits like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein and also won an Academy award nomination for the latter.

His most beloved characters is that of Willy Wonka in the 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He was nominated again in that category in 1976 for 'Silver Streak'.

"Gene Wilder - one of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship," said director-writer Mel Brooks said on Twitter.

He won an Emmy in 2003 for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for appearances on "Will and Grace."

Other roles that Wilder is remarkably renowned for is the that of Waco Kid in the Blazing Saddles and Doctor Ross in Woody Allen's 1972 film Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

 

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