Gene Wilder, the legendary comedic actor who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and so many others, has passed away at the age of 83.
His family gave the news to the Associated Press.
Wilder was one of the comedic voices of his generation. He first gained notoriety in 1968 when he appeared in The Producers from director Mel Brooks. As the squirmy Leo Bloom, we not only saw the first glimpse of his incredible range, we saw the start of a lifelong partnership with the accomplished filmmaker. Wilder would go on to play iconic characters in Brooks’ films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Wilder had the ability to be anything—a complete straight-man, a frightening crazy person, a charming enigma with a dark side—and to be captivating while playing it. And he was very, very funny.