STAMFORD, Conn. — Gene Wilder, the star of “Willy Wonka” and several iconic comedy films has died, his family confirms.
Wilder’s nephew said that the actor died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
The beloved actor was best known for playing Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
He also worked closely with Mel Brooks whether reviving a monster in “Young Frankenstein” or bilking Broadway in “The Producers.”
Brooks took to social media Monday to mourn Wilder.
The movie celebrated its 45th anniversary in June.
Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He caught his first big break in an off-Broadway production of “Roots” according to his IMDB page.