Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

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Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83.

Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from 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 favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

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5 thoughts on “Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

  1. “… comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,”

    Those are the 2 movies of his that I have. I just picked up “The Producers” at the library to watch tonight.

    Other than the “LUDICROUS SPEED!” scene in Spaceballs, Dick Shawn singing “Springtime for Hitler” is the most hilarious thing Mel Brooks ever did.

    1. “Dick Shawn singing “Springtime for Hitler”

      My bad. He didn’t sing that song… the rest of the cast did.

      Been a while since I’ve seen it. Still freakin’ hilarious, though. The look on the faces of the audience when they’re singing it is priceless!

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