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Gene Wilder Dead: Stars Pay Tribute to the ‘Willy Wonka’ Actor

After Gene Wilder died on Monday, August 29, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 83, many stars took to social media to pay tribute to the late acting legend.

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Gene Wilder
Actor Gene Wilder.

The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory standout, best known for his role as the title character, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his family told the Associated Press.

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Wilder starred in several Mel Brooks films, including the 1968 film The Producers, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. (Relive some of his greatest roles in the video above.) Brooks, 90, was one of many who took to Twitter on Monday to pay homage to his friend. “Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship,” the famed director wrote.

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Russell Crowe also tweeted about what an impact Wilder had on him. “I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends. George St. Cows outside. Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace,” The Nice Guys actor wrote.

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