On this Day in Movie History, August 10, 2012: Director of Willy Wonka & the Chocalate Factory Dies

The director of beloved family film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Mel Stuart, has died. The cause was cancer. He was 83 years old.

Stuart was best known for his work on the film adaptation of Roald Dahl novel, but he spent the bulk of his career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Stuart would receive four Emmy awards, an Academy Award nomination and a Peabody for his work.

He is survived by his daughter, Madeline, an interior designer, and by sons Andrew, a literary agent, and Peter, a filmmaker.


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