September 2, 1928
New York City
|Died||August 9, 2012
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Cause of death
Mel Stuart, born Stuart Solomon (September 2, 1928 – August 9, 2012), was an American film director and producer.
Stuart directed the fantasy-musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He has directed other features, including If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), One is a Lonely Number (1972) and Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000).
In addition he has directed or produced over 180 films including movies of the week, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, Bill, The Chisholms, and Ruby and Oswald, the television series Ripley's Believe it Not, and the documentaries The Making of the President 1960, 1964, and 1968, The Hobart Shakespeareans, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Man Ray — The Prophet of the Avant-Garde, George Plimpton and the Philharmonic and The Poet's View.
Stuart was a first cousin of Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. Stuart married his first wife Harriet Rosalind Dolin on August 12, 1956. They have three children: Madeline, Peter, and Andrew. Madeline and Peter make appearances in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Stuart and Dolin divorced in 1979. He married his second wife Roberta Silberman in the 1980s, and they stayed together until her death in 2011.
On August 9, 2012, Stuart died at the age of 83 from cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his three kids from his first marriage, Stuart was also survived by two grandchildren.
- Four Days in November (1964)
- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
- I Love My Wife (1970)
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- One is a Lonely Number (1972)
- Wattstax (1974)
- Brenda Starr (1976) (TV)
- Welcome Back, Kotter (1977) (TV)
- Ruby and Oswald (1978) (TV)
- Mean Dog Blues (1978)
- The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979)
- The Chisholms (1980) (TV)
- The White Lions (1981)
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- "Willy Wonka director Mel Stuart dies at 83". BBC. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
- Canby, Vincent (February 16, 1973). "Wattstax (1972) Film: 'Wattstax,' Record of Watts Festival Concert". The New York Times.