11 items from 2011
Colonel Potter, we salute you. Harry Morgan, the Emmy-winning actor best known for playing the caustic but beloved commander who oversaw those lovable goofball doctors on CBS's M*A*S*H, died Wednesday. He was 96. Morgan's son, Charles, confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the actor had been battling pneumonia. Related: Willy Wonka Star Leonard Stone Dies With his cutting wit and deadpan quips, Morgan was an instant hit as Col. Sherman T. Potter, a career soldier who assumed command of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in Korea at the start of the seminal series' fourth season after McLean Stevenson's character, Henry Blake, was killed off. Potter quickly »
Tony-nominated character actor Leonard Stone has passed away at 87, reports Playbill. He died Nov. 2 at his home in San Diego after a battle with cancer, according to his granddaughter Lindsey Fryman-Borchard.
Stone, who is remembered as Violet Beauregard's father from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" went on to a full career after exclaiming his line, "You're turning violet, Violet!" Aside from his on-stage work in plays like "Redhead" and "South Pacific," Stone appeared in many films and television series, including "M*A*S*H," "Barney Miller," and "La Law."
"Despite his successful career, his family will remember him best for his humor and his stories," Fryman-Borchard says. "Somehow he managed to make each of his children and grandchildren feel that they were secretly his favorite. I think that's his greatest accomplishment. He was loving, caring, and a passionate man and will be missed by all who loved him dearly. »
“I’m getting even with you for this, Wonka, if it’s the last thing I ever do! I’ve got a blueberry for a daughter!”
I remember him well as the cosmic zookeeper Farnum on two episodes of Lost In Space. A familiar face, Leonard Stone earned a Tony nomination for his work in the 1959 musical Redhead and appeared on numerous television shows such as L.A. Law, Perry Mason, General Hospital, Mission: Impossible, Barney Miller, Gunsmoke, and Hill Street Blues but he’ll always be best remembered as Sam Beauregarde, motor-mouthed politician and father of Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971). Though mostly a TV actor, Stone also had a memorable role in Soylent Green as the manager of the building in which Joseph Cotten was killed. In September of 2000, he appeared as an ordinary, non-celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune. He placed second, winning $4,250 and »
- Tom Stockman
Leonard Stone, the actor who played the father of Violet Beauregarde in 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," died Wednesday, November 2nd, after battling cancer. He would have turned 88 Thursday. 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 "La 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. Leonard Stone: »
Leonard Stone has died, aged 87. The actor was perhaps most famous for his role as Violet Beauregard's father in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, opposite Gene Wilder in 1971. One of his most famous lines in the movie was: "Violet, you're turning Violet!" Stone was a prolific character actor who appeared in over 120 television shows and 35 films. He appeared as Judge Paul Hanson in L.A. (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Rip Sam Beauregarde. You'll be missed. E! News has confirmed that Leonard Stone, the actor best known for playing Violet Beauregarde's father in the classic 1971 fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday. He was 87. The cause of death was cancer, according to a statement from the actor's family. As fans of the 1971 big-screen Roald Dahl adaptation will recall, Stone's character notably complained to Gene Wilder's crazy confectioner that he's "got a blueberry for a daughter" when Violet transformed into the giant fruit after trying Wonka's Three-Course-Dinner gum. The actor got his start on the stage, having trained at the Royal »
Actor Leonard Stone has died at the age of 87.
He passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, according to TMZ.com.
Stone is perhaps best known for his role as Violet Beauregarde's father in 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
He also received a Tony Award nomination in 1959 for Best Supporting Actor in the Broadway show Redhead. »
Character actor Leonard Stone, perhaps best known for his role as Violet’s father Mr. Beauregarde in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has passed away.
According to People, Stone — who had earned a Tony for his work in the musical Redhead and appeared on numerous television shows such as L.A. Law, Perry Mason, General Hospital, Mission: Impossible, Barney Miller, Gunsmoke, Hill Street Blues and as a winning contestant on Wheel of Fortune — died from cancer on Wednesday, Nov. 2, just two days before what would have marked his 88th birthday.
- Aly Semigran
Character actor Leonard Stone, who played Sam Beauregard, the brash American father of gum-smacking Violet Beauregard in the 1971 children's movie musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died from cancer on Wednesday, it is reported. He would have turned 88 on Thursday. With extensive TV credits dating back to the mid-1950s, Stone, a native of Salem, Oregon, appeared on such shows as L.A. Law (as Judge Paul Hanson), General Hospital, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Night Court, Alice, Barney Miller, All in the Family and Mission: Impossible, according to the Internet Movie Database. In Willy Wonka, based on »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Leonard Stone -- the guy who played Violet Beauregarde 's dad in the 1971 classic, " Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory " died yesterday after a bout with cancer ... a rep for the actor tells TMZ. 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. Stone also appeared on "Wheel of Fortune" back »
- TMZ Staff
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According to TMZ, actor Leonard Stone, best known for playing Violet Beauregarde's father in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' passed away on Wednesday after a bout with cancer. Although he starred in the classic children's movie, the majority of Stone's career took place on TV, with stints on shows such as 'M*A*S*H' and 'L.A. Law.'
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- Alex Suskind
11 items from 2011
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