Star of ‘Willy Wonka’, Gene Wilder Dies at age 83

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American actor Gene Wilder, remembered and loved by all for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died at the age of 83 on Monday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, as his family reported.

The comic actor also starred in classic films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him,” his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said.

Loved and cherished by all, he leaves a message for all of us to treasure through his rule for comedy: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

Looking back, here are a select clips from his most loved films:

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