Comedy film icon Gene Wilder dies at 83

Actor Gene Wilder sighted on location filming Two By Two on October 1, 1968 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Actor Gene Wilder sighted on location filming Two By Two in 1968 in Paris, France. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage

Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83.

Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died earlier this month in Stamford, Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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.”

Brooks tweeted out his feelings on the passing of his colleague and friend.

Wilder also knew how to keep it cool as the boozy sheriff in “Blazing Saddles” and as the charming candy man in the children’s favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”