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'Willy Wonka' Actor

Dead at 87

11/3/2011 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Leonard Stone from Willy Wonka
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 in 2000 ... winning $4,250 in cash and a trip to Bermuda.

He was 87.

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jeff    

He turns out to be the kardashian's favorite actor

903 days ago
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Strokadellic    

He lived a pretty long life. As long as he wasn't a total bastard of a human being...I'm glad to hear that. I've never seen the film, though.

903 days ago
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Woot    

Rest in peace, Mr. Stone.

903 days ago
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jeff    

Kim just heard about his winnings on the Wheel of Fortune and wants it for herself, since she remembers watching that episode.

903 days ago
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c    

You dumb *****, TMZ. You put Willy Wonka actor dead with a picture of Gene Wilder right underneath it? That's not necessary - are you trying to give people a heart attack? ********.

903 days ago
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Abysmal     

This is saddening news. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies as a child (still is). He live a long life,may he rest in peace.

903 days ago
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growup    

Makes total sense now because i could've sworn I saw Violet jumping up and down and screaming, "I WANT IT NOW!" at Occupy Oakland.

903 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Oompa Loompa doompadee doo their going to have a funeral for you.

903 days ago
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bro    

no1curr

903 days ago
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Carl    

He had a small role in a film 40 years ago, and I still care about him more than I do Lindsay or Kim K.

903 days ago
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Kim Carter    

RIP...I love chocolate.

903 days ago
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lovintmz    

Best wishes to his family :)

903 days ago
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Sin D    

He can RIP knowing he made many people happy with a really iconic and cool movie.

903 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Wow, TMZ, he was on Wheel of Fortune....He was in Soylent Green! SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!! Muphukers.

RIP

903 days ago
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Denver    

He is remembered for one movie. One great movie. Wouldnt you like to be remembered being in a classic? That remake was horrible. RIP Mr Stone. "I've got a blueberry for a daughter!!!"

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