Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka,’ dead at 83

CIRCA 1974: Gene Wilder yells in a scene from the movie "Young Frankenstein" circa 1974. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Gene Wilder has died, his lawyer confirms to CNN

The actor, who played the title role in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' was 83

CNN  — 

Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said.

He was 83.

Wilder is best known for his collaborations with director Mel Brooks, starring as the stressed-out Leo Bloom in Brooks’ breakout 1967 film “The Producers,” and later in the monster movie spoof “Young Frankenstein.” He also portrayed a boozing gunslinger in “Blazing Saddles.”

For many people, Wilder might be best remembered for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” playing the mysterious candy tycoon in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book.