November 3, 1923
Salem, Oregon, U.S
|Died||November 2, 2011
Encinitas, California, U.S
|Cause of death||Cancer|
(1964–2011; his death)
Leonard Stone (November 3, 1923 – November 2, 2011) was an American character actor who played supporting roles in over 120 television shows and 35 films.
Stone was born Leonard Steinbock in Salem, Oregon. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Steinbock, he was a graduate of Salem High School. He majored in speech and drama at Willamette University, graduating cum laude.
Stone started his career as a young actor studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London He performed in the West End, on Broadway, and toured the world. He traveled for eight years in Australia and New Zealand with the musical South Pacific.
He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor in Redhead, a Bob Fosse musical. He also was in the Tony Award-nominated cast of Look Homeward, Angel in 1957, which premiered at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York. Based on the Thomas Wolfe novel, it won a Pulitzer Prize.
Television and film
In 1961 and 1962, he was twice cast in different roles on ABC's The Real McCoys in the episodes "Money from Heaven" and "You Can't Beat the Army". Between 1962 and 1966, Stone made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including his season 6, 1962 role as murderer Jerel Leland in "The Case of the Hateful Hero."
Stone played Farnum the Great on Lost in Space (1965-1968).:624 In 1966, he had a supporting role as Morton on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Jean Arthur Show starring Jean Arthur and Ron Harper.:527 He played characters on The Outer Limits and M*A*S*H. He appeared twice on ABC's The Donna Reed Show, as Mr. Trestle in "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" (1961) and as Harlan Carmody, Jr., in "Joe College" (1965).
One of his most notable roles came in 1971, when he played Sam Beauregarde, the father of Golden Ticket winner Violet Beauregarde, in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He was the last surviving adult character who toured the factory in the movie; however, Diana Sowle, who played Mrs. Bucket, is still alive.
In 1981, he appeared on Barney Miller in the episode "The Rainmaker".
Stone's final role came in 2006 at the age of 83, when he played a minor character in Surrender Dorothy.
Stone married Carole Kleinman in 1964, and together they raised four children and had eight grandchildren. In 1983, Stone moved to San Diego from his longtime home in Los Angeles, but continued to commute for work.
In 1996, he and his wife moved to a new, gated community in Carlsbad (35 miles closer to LA), located on a bluff overlooking the Four Seasons (now Grand Hyatt) Resort Aviara Hotel & Golf Course. In the early 2000s, he and his wife moved to Encinitas.
In the early 1950s, Stone began writing a children's story about a kangaroo who never grew. In 2011, Keepy was published on Kindle and Nook.
- The Mugger (1958) as Jim Kelly
- Return to Peyton Place (1961) as Steve Swanson (uncredited)
- Toys in the Attic (1963) as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
- Shock Treatment (1964) as Psychiatrist (uncredited)
- The Big Mouth (1967) as Fong
- A Man Called Dagger (1968) as Karl Rainer
- The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) as Bartender (uncredited)
- Angel in My Pocket (1969) as Paul Gresham
- Zig Zag (1970) as Jim Harris
- Getting Straight (1970) as Lysander
- I Love My Wife (1970) as Dr. Neilson
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) as Sam Beauregarde
- Terror in the Sky (1971) as Harry Burdick
- The Man (1972) as Congressman Parmel
- Soylent Green (1973) as Charles
- Mame (1974) as Stage Manager
- The Man from Independence (1974) as Werner
- That's Life (1979)
- Hardly Working (1980) as Ted Mitchell
- American Pop (1981) as Leo Stern
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- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 155.
- Jones, Stephen (2012). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 978-0-7624-4597-4. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- Kenneth Jones (4 November 2011). "Tony Nominee Leonard Stone, Character Actor of "Willy Wonka," Dies at 87". Playbill. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory actor Leonard Stone dies aged 87". Daily Mail. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "Leonard Stone 'Willy Wonka' Actor -- Dead at 87". http://www.tmz.com. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2016. External link in