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'He never was from this place': 'Wonka' writer remembers Gene Wilder

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File: American comic actor Gene Wilder, originally Jerry Silkman, stars with comedian Richard Pryor in the action comedy "Silver Streak."
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File: American comic actor Gene Wilder, originally Jerry Silkman, stars with comedian Richard Pryor in the action comedy "Silver Streak."

Gene Wilder was known for his comedic work in films such as "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." But perhaps his most memorable role was Willy Wonka.

Gene Wilder died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Wilder was known for his comedic work in films such as "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." 

But perhaps his most memorable role was the wonderfully bizarre candy magnate he played in the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

David Seltzer wrote the screenplay for the film. He joined host Alex Cohen to remember Wilder.

Interview Highlights

Why Gene Wilder was cast as Willy Wonka:

What Gene Wilder was like when the cameras stopped rolling:

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.
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