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Star Of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder Dies

Hollywood actor Gene Wilder, best known of as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor, has died, aged 83.

Wilder’s nephew said on Monday that the actor and writer had died earlier this month in Connecticut from complications with Alzheimer’s disease.

The frizzy-haired actor was a master at playing panicked characters caught up in schemes that only a madman such as Mel Brooks could devise, whether reviving a monster in Young Frankenstein or bilking Broadway in The Producers.

But he also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in Blazing Saddles and as the charming candy man in the children's favourite Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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