Roughly four decades ago, a man sitting in a director’s chair decided to take a famous children’s classic and bring it to the big screen. It became extremely successful and the movie became one of more than 180 producing or helming efforts in a career that spanned more than five decades.
The director, Mel Stuart, died Thursday on August 9th of cancer in Los Angeles; he was 83.
Stuart was born September 2nd, 1928 and was an American film director and producer. Besides directing the fantasy-musical “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971),”