Willy Wonka Leonard Stone – Leonard Stone, the actor who played Violet Beauregarde’s dad in the 1971 classic, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” died yesterday after a battle with cancer … a rep for the actor tells TMZ. He would have turned 88 today November 3rd. He was one of the last surviving parents from the movie.
Family members tell us Stone, who famously delivered the line, “Violet, you’re turning VIOLET!”, loved being an actor and would often recite lines from the movie anytime people asked him to.
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. Between 1988 and 1994, he appeared in twelve episodes of the NBC legal drama L.A. Law as Judge Paul Hanson. He played popular and memorable characters on Lost in Space, M*A*S*H, and more.
He also was in the Tony Nominated cast of Look Homeward, Angel in 1957, which premiered at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York. It won a Pulitzer Prize.
Stone also appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” back in 2000 … winning $4,250 in cash and a trip to Bermuda.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory received positive reviews, but it was a box office failure despite the fact that it was able to recoup its budget. However, it developed into a cult film due to its repeated television airings and home video sales. In 1972, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.