FILE - In a Dec. 9, 1977 file photo, actor Gene Wilder is shown during an interview with Jean Claude Bouis at his New York City Hotel. Wilder’s nephew said Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Photo: Richard Drew
Photo: Richard Drew

Mel Brooks, other celebrities mourn actor Gene Wilder's death

Celebrities took to social media Monday to remember actor, screenwriter and director Gene Wilder, who passed away Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

He was 83 years old.

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Wilder and Brooks worked together on the 1974 comedy "Young Frankenstein," which parodied Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein." For their efforts, the pair won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1975. The film itself was wildly popular and continues to have a cult following today.

"Gene Wilder – one of the truly great talents of our time," Brooks, 90, wrote on Twitter. "He blessed every film we did with his magic and he blessed me with friendship."

Wilder's nephew told The Associated Press on Monday that his uncle died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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He is survived by one daughter and his wife, Karen Webb.

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