'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Actor Dies

12:03 PM PST 11/03/2011 by THR staff

Leonard Stone, who played Violet Beauregard's father in the 1971 film, lost his battle with cancer one day before his 88th birthday.

Leonard Stone, the actor who played the father of Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, after battling cancer. He would have turned 88 Thursday. 

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Though Stone is best known for his Beauregarde role, whose most famous line was "Violet! You're turning violet!," the actor had numerous parts on TV shows, films and also Broadway. 

He appeared in television shows Lost in Space, Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible, M*A*S*H and L.A. Law, as well as Toys in the Attic and I Love My Wife (among others) on the big screen. 

Stone was nominated for a Tony for his performance in Redhead on Broadway. 

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