Nephew: Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83
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."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Flood victim burglarized multiple times since August flood
EBR Mayor-President takes blame for bad CAO hire
Central residents say new subdivision could cause more drainage issues
Gov. Edwards' business tax gets its first hearing
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR COA Board Chairman in violation of state law