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Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies and 'Willy Wonka,' dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the mad scientist of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83.Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home...

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  • Tuesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Tuesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

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  • Broncos name their starting quarterback: Northwestern's Trevor Siemian

    Broncos name their starting quarterback: Northwestern's Trevor Siemian

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    10 Chicago bike questions you never knew needed answers

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