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Gene Wilder, Star of 'Willy Wonka,' is Dead at 83, according to Family

NEW YORK (AP) - Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka' and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family says.

Wilder was born Jerome Silberman and adopted Wilder as his professional name. 

Wilder was born in 1933 in Milwaukee. 

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