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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 September 1928New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 9 August 2012Beverly Hills, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameStewart Solomon

Mini Bio (1)

Mel Stuart was born on September 2, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Stewart Solomon. He was a producer and director, known for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Wattstax (1973) and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969). He was married to Roberta Frances Silberman and Harriet Rosalind Dolin. He died on August 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Roberta Frances Silberman (9 November 1985 - 12 February 2011) (her death)
Harriet Rosalind Dolin (12 August 1956 - 18 January 1979) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (12)

Father of Peter Stuart.
His daughter, Madeline Stuart, read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", then suggested that he make a movie out of it.
Two of his children, Peter Stuart and Madeline Stuart, make cameo appearances in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). His son, Peter, appears as the little boy "Winkleman", who informs Charlie's teacher about Willy Wonka opening his chocolate factory and his daughter, Madeline, appears as one of the little girls in Charlie's classroom.
He has 3 children named Madeline Stuart, Peter Stuart and Andrew Stuart.
First cousin of Stan Lee.
Initially aspired to be a composer, but after leaving university decided on a career as a filmmaker instead. He started as a producer of documentaries in the 1960s and 1970s with the David L. Wolper Organisation, going freelance after 1977.
He has directed or produced over 180 films including movies of the week.
He graduated with a Bachelors Degree from New York University in New York City in 1949. He set aside his early aspirations to be a composer in favor of a career in filmmaking. He went to work for an advertising agency, then became an assistant to film director to Mary Ellen Bute, where he worked as a researcher for Walter Cronkite. In 1959 he went to work for David L. Wolper Productions. In 1976 he became an independent producer.
Before joining forces with the Wolper Organization, he was a researcher for CBS News' 1950s documentary series, The Twentieth Century (1957), which was hosted and narrated by Walter Cronkite.
Son of Edgar Solomon and Cecile Solomon. His father owned a hat store.
He is survived by his three children and two grandchildren. His former wife, Roberta Silberman died in 2011.
He disliked Disney movies because he found animated characters to be annoying.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] I'm not talking down to children and giving them squirrels with funny faces and all that stuff.

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