10 August 2012 5:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, has died.News of the 83 year-old Stuart's losing his fight with cancer at his Beverly Hills home late on Thursday night was announced by his daughter, Madeline, earlier today.Though a very successful and much-respected TV producer for the majority of his career, he is perhaps best remembered for adaptating Roald Dahl's children's book into Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in 1971 - a movie that only came about after an 11 year-old Madeline asked her dad to turn his favourite book into a film.The wonderfully-titled If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is another gem from early in his career, starring Ian McShane as an English tour guide and Suzanne Pleshette as one of a group of Americans he's taking around Europe.The prolific TV movie director won an Academy Award nomination (for his documentary, »


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