Actor Gene Wilder has passed away at age 83, following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilder’s nephew said in a statement Monday that he died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut after a three-year battle with the disease.
Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee in 1933, he is best known for his roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers. He was nominated for an Academy Award twice during his five-decade career–first, for his role in The Producers in 1968 and then for co-writing Young Frankenstein in 1974. Wilder worked intermittently following the death of his wife Gilda Radner in 1989, but won an Emmy in 2003 for guest starring on Will & Grace.