Illustrious actor who won an Oscar for his first major film role in The Producers and portrayed Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
His first paying role as an actor was as Mercutio in a production of Romeo & Juliet.
He was in Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein, but started his career playing a hostage in the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde.
His third wife was co-star and actress, Gilda Radner; their relationship lasted from 1984 until her death in 1989.
He played Willy Wonka in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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