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Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and other classic comedies, dies at 83

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Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016 3:07 pm

Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died at 83.

Wilder, who was Jewish, died yesterday (Aug. 28) from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his nephew, filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, told The Associated Press.

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