Emmy-Winning Director and Producer Dies — Credits Included the 1971 Feature ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’

Aug 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The director of the 1971 Gene Wilder musical "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" has died, the New York Daily News reports. Mel Stuart was 83.

According to Stuart’s daughter Madeline, her father died Thursday night in his Los Angeles home. He had been diagnosed with cancer.

Stuart’s background was in documentaries, including his work on the Emmy Award-winning "The Making of the President 1960." He did two sequels to that film, as well as "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." In 1973 he made "Wattstax," about the music festival in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts riots.

He received an Oscar nomination as a producer of “Four Days in November” in 1965.

Among his other TV credits were "The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal," "Ruby and Oswald" and "Bill." The latter was a Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning movie with Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid. His TV productions were nominated for a total of five Emmys.

In addition to his daughter, Stuart is survived by his sons Andrew and Peter.

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