Director Mel Stuart Dead
Posted by Charlie Golestani on Aug 9, 2012 - 9:58:10 PM
BEVERLY HILLS—Director of the fabled “Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory,” Mel Stuart died of cancer in his Beverly Hills home
Thursday, August 9.
The documentary film producer/director won three Emmy awards
for work with historical and political films, making the fore into the
children’s film when he released Roald Dahl’s classic story on film in 1971
with actor Gene Wilder playing the titular role.The approximate $3 million dollar budget was
only outshone by $1 million at the box office.But the film has since become a classic in both the U.K. and in the U.S.
Two of Stuart’s children, Peter and Madelaine, had cameo
roles in the movie.
Mel Stuart, courtesy of his IMDb page
And while Stuart probably became best known for his work
with the eccentric Gene Wilder and The Chocolate Factory, many forget that he
aided in the production of over 50 titles, the most recent of which was “Acting
Normal” in 2009, a documentary that follows an aspiring actor overcoming the
added difficulty of being developmentally challenged.
Stuart leaves behind his three children, Peter, Madelaine
and Andrew. He was 83.
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