Comedic American Icon Dies At 83

A comedic America icon has just died at the age of 83.

According to Variety, actor Gene Wilder has died from Alzheimer's disease complications.

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Wilder — born Jerome Silberman — was best known for off-beat American classics like "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," and "Young Frankenstein." He had a special talent from bringing bizarre and humorous Mel Brooks characters to life. His long acting career began in the early 1960s and extended into the early 2000s.

Wilder was a Democrat who didn't believe in using his Hollywood fame to push his political agenda, saying once, "I'm quietly political. I don't like advertising. Giving money to someone or support, but not getting on a bandstand."