Actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 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 the actor and writer died late on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Gene Wilder (Yui Mok/PA)

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 favourite Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.