Beverly Hills News
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.
Stuart leaves behind his three children, Peter, Madelaine and Andrew. He was 83.
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