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Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka)
Before landing the titular role in 1971's Willy Wonka the late actor experienced showbiz success through theater, TV and film work, most notably appearing in the hit motion picture The Producers.
His last onscreen acting gig was in a 2003 episode of Will & Grace. He later turned to writing, publishing his last collection of stories in 2010. The Hollywood legend sadly died in August 2016 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.