Acting legend Gene Wilder dies at 83

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Stamford, Connecticut (WAGM) - Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. Wilder may be best known for his role in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." He was also the star of comedy classics like "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles."

Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in "Young Frankenstein" or bilking Broadway in "The Producers."

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in "Blazing Saddles" and as the charming candy man in the children's favorite "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."

information for this article came from the Associated Press