Actor Gene Wilder is dead at the age of 83.
According to Wilder’s nephew, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles” died earlier this month in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Gene Wilder 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.”
(with files from Canadian Press)