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‘You’ve Really Done It This Time, Wonka!’ A Toast to a Favorite Character Actor: After Roles in More Than 100 TV Episodes and More Than 30 Movies, He Dies One Day Before His 88th Birthday. ‘I’ve Got a Blueberry for a Daughter!’

Nov 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Hollywood lost a terrific actor — who played mostly supporting parts — yesterday, Nov. 2, 2011, when Leonard Stone died just a day before his 88th birthday.

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Stone may have been best known for playing the father of Violet, a girl in the original (1971) Gene Wilder version of "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Violet is the girl who blows up like a blueberry in that film.

Stone’s death was first reported by TMZ, which said that the actor died after a short bout with cancer.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Stone, a native of Salem, Ore., appeared on such shows as "L.A. Law" (as Judge Paul Hanson), "General Hospital," "M*A*S*H," "Hill Street Blues," "Night Court," "Alice," "Barney Miller," "All in the Family" and "Mission: Impossible," People magazine reports.

People also notes, "Stone also had a Broadway career, and received a Tony nomination for his role as George Poppett in the 1959 Bob Fosse musical "Redhead," starring Gwen Verdon and set in London at the time of Jack the Ripper. IMDb reports that Stone and wife (since 1964) Carole H. Kleinman had a daughter — and in 2000 he [appeared as himself] and won $4,250 and a trip to Bermuda on TV’s ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ " 

Leonard Stone as Violet’s father in the original "Willie Wonka":

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