Gene Wilder who is best known for his role in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' is dead, according to the Huffington Post.

The late actor was part of the chocolate themed movie as well as several other Mel Brook's films. Wilder was 83-years-old at the time of his death, his family told The Associated Press. The actor died late Sunday due to complications from Alzheimer's at his Stamford, Connecticut home, according to his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman.

Pearlman also disclosed that Wilder decided not to reveal the status of his condition out of fear that it would upset his fans. The statement from his nephew spoke of Wilder not wanting to upset many of his young fans with News of an illness that could be very confusing and sad for many of the children that look up to him.

A part of Pearlman's statement read stated that "he simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

Wilder's start in acting career started back in 1961 with a part in the the off-Broadwayproduction 'Roots,'

He also performed in another off-Broadway production called Mother Courage which allowed him to meet his first wife Anne Bancroft who also starred in the play.

In addition to his Broadway plays, Wilder also did television acting in the 1960s, he starred in a variety of comedy shows that included "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," and "Young Frankenstein." His television/broadway experiences were characterized by his bulging eyes, nervous aura, and his compassionate manner.

Wilder received an Oscar bid in 1969 for best supporting role in The Producers.

He and Mel Brooks also received a nomination for the best-adapted screenplay "Young Frankenstein" in 1975. He later teamed up with comedian Richard Pryor and mad a variety of films that included "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" in 1989.

Nevertheless, he will be mostly remembered for his role in the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Most of us have seen most of his television series or Broadway productions but he will always be remembered for his role as Willy Wonka. The lyric 'come with me and you will see a world of pure imagination' is one that will resonate with some us.

As children and adults, our admiration for chocolate grew to anticipate a golden ticket with our chocolate bar. Even though some of never got that golden ticket, we will always remember to never give up on your dreams.

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