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Gene Wilder, Who Played 'Willy Wonka,' Dies at 83

Actor Gene Wilder poses as he signs copies of his autobiography ?Kiss Me Like A Stranger?, at Waterstone's, Oxford Street on June 7, 2005 in London, England. The memoirs give an insight into Wilder's failed love life, his experiences of working with stars such as Richard Pryor and Woody Allen, his fight with, and victory over, cancer, and his time in the UK studying acting at the Bristol Old Vic. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) -- Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka' and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family says.

Wilder was best known for his role as Willy Wonka in the 1976 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

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