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Gene Wilder 5 most memorable performances of late actor

What's your favorite Gene Wilder performance? From Willy Wonker to Young Frankenstein, check out our top five.

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The late actor is known for his roles in "Death of a Salesman" (1966) and Bonnie Clyde (1967).

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Gene Wilder, who brought his adept comedic performances to movies including "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein," has passed away.

The actor passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 83, following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Gene Wilder reportedly died from Alzheimer's disease.

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Wilder made his first big screen appearance in the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde," and made his last in 1991.

To pay tribute, we have put together five films that makes the actor unforgettable.

In no particular order, here we go:

1. "Blazing Saddles" (1974)

A 1974 comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, "Blazing Saddles" is based on Bergman's story and the draft.

It received three Academy Awards and has the sixth spot on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.

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2. "Young Frankenstein" (1974)

The movie which won Wilder an Academy award for best-adapted screenplay stars him as the title character.

Directed by Mel Brooks, the American horror comedy film stars Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.

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3. “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

The 1971 British-American musical fantasy film stars Wilder as Willy Wonka. An adaptation of the 1964 novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,"  the movie tells the story of Charlie Bucket as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

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4. "The Producers" (1967)

The movie which earned him an Academy Awards for 'best supporting role,' starred the late actor as  Leo Bloom, the accountant.

The film tells the story of a  producer and an accountant who take more money from investors than they can repay to make a Broadway flop. They plan to abscond to Brazil after the play, only for things to take a different turn when the show becomes a hit.

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5. "The Woman in Red" (1984)

Directed by and starring Gene Wilder, the movie is adapted from Yves Robert film "Pardon Mon Affaire."

The film which won an Academy Award for best original song, saw Wilder share the screen with his late wife, Gilda Radner, who passed away on May 20, 1989.

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