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Gene Wilder was an iconic and much-loved US actor

He took on many comedy roles throughout his prolific career

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With his crazy unkempt hair and comedic charm, beloved US actor Gene Wilder will forever be remembered for his performances in everything from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” to classic horror parody “Young Frankenstein.”

Gene Wilder’s life in photos

As news broke of Wilder’s death Monday, tributes flowed on social media. Mel Brooks, a comedy actor, director and producer who worked with Wilder tweeted that he was one of the “truly great talents” of this time, who had “blessed every film we did with his magic.”

Julie Dawn Cole, the child actor who starred alongside Wilder as Veruca Salt, the spoiled and abrasive character in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” tweeted a succinct yet heartfelt message on Twitter.

Film critic Leonard Maltin shared an image of himself taken with the star in 1994.

Other celebrities expressed their condolences and respect.

Rock group Nickelback tweeted a thank you.