Hollywood icon and satirical comedian, Gene Wilder, has passed away at age 83. He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1989, but family reports say he died from complications from Alzheimers.
Wilder became recognizable for his work with Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks, playing leading roles in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers. However, he is probably most remembered for his role as the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971. He had a trademark ironic delivery and comedic timing.
He was twice nominated for Oscars. He later went on to win an Emmy for a guest spot in Will and Grace.