Gene Wilder Dead Dies

Comic Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Gene Wilder, a comedic actor whose career included notable TV turns on Will & Grace and the mid-1990s series Something Wilder, died Monday at homein Stamford, Conn., our sister site Variety reports. Cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

Wilder was known for roles in several Mel Brooks big-screen comedies, including Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, as well as playing the title part in the 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonky & the Chocolate Factory.

His television credits included the sitcom Something Wilder, which aired on NBC from 1994-95, TV movies including Thursday’s Game and a 1962 production of Death of a Salesman, and a guest role as Will & Grace‘s Mr. Stein; the Will & Grace gig earned him a 2003 Emmy.

Wilder was married to Saturday Night Live‘s Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.