The long-time film and television director — possibly best known for the 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder –suffered from cancer and died at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. Stuart began his career as an exec with the Wolper Organization where he made documentaries. In 1965 he received an Academy Award nomination for Four Days In November, a look at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A 1973 release, Wattstax — about the Wattstax music festival — won a Golden Globe for Best Documentary. He broadened his efforts to romantic comedy in 1969 with If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium. Stuart also became a prolific director of TV movies, including The Triangle Factory Fire and Ruby And Oswald. All told, he made more than 180 films and won four Emmies and a Peabody Award.
R.I.P. Mel Stuart
What's Hot on Deadline
Oscars: Best Picture Envelope Disaster Can't Take Away Triumph Of Best Academy Awards Show In Many A Moon(light)
Emma Stone On 'La La Land' & 'Moonlight' Best Picture Snafu: "I Was Holding The Best Actress Card The Entire Time"
Latest Film News
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Chairman Says Best Picture Gaffe Was “A Human Error”
- Sakina Jaffrey Cast In Fox’s ‘Red Sparrow’; Bill Marchant Joins Sci-Fi Indie ‘Volition’
- Donald Trump Takes Credit For Oscars Best Picture Snafu
- Bill Paxton Tribute: The Man Behind The Actor
- Comedy Dynamics Books ‘Chee And T’; Kino Lorber Nabs Two Venice Film Fest Pics
- This Is Not A Joke: ‘La La Land’ Producer Jordan Horowitz Talks Oscars’ “Surreal Moment” On ‘GMA…