Actor Gene Wilder dies aged 83
Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles, has died at the age of 83.
Wilder, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, died yesterday (August 29th) in Stamford, Connecticut.
Born in 1933, Wilder was a largely a stage actor, including a spell at Britol's Old Vic, until 1967 when he scored a small role in hit thriller Bonnie and Clyde.
Following this he was cast in his first major role in musical comedy The Producers, a turn which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Wilder's most famous role would come in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's children story Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory where he portrayed Wonka himself. He continued to work actively until the late 1990s when he largely retired from acting. He would go on to publish three novels, the third of which was released in 2013.
Throughout frequently collaborated with writer and director Mel Brooks as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.