Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and Young Frankentstein, has passed away!
Reportedly, the legendary actor died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 years old.
Wilder, who started his career in Broadway in 1961, made his first big splash in the film Bonnie and Clyde after becoming friends with writer-director Mel Brooks.
It was his longtime friendship with Brooks that turned Wilder into the star he became. The two collaborated on films like Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Producers.
In 1971, Wilder starred in his most iconic role as the legendary candy man Willy Wonka in the film, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
Plans for the actor’s funeral have yet to be made public.