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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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TownsendLeila    

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jpm4444    

Thanks Mr. Stone for the laughs! Still one of the great classics.

The Johnny Depp version was a dysfunctional, creepy mess.

903 days ago
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Deb    

Pretty sure it's "You're turning Violet, Violet"

903 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

Rest In Peace.

903 days ago
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DetroitRocks    

He did a ton of TV work. Check him out on imdb

903 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

You know your career is over when you are doing Wheel of Fortune to win four grand. . . fame can be a bitch

903 days ago
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Geo    

The whole line was "Violet, You're turning violet Violet!"

903 days ago
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Maria L Edun    

One of my favourite films of all time!

903 days ago
24.

Chia    

Rest in peace.

I loved that movie and thought Mr. Stone was a wonderful actor.

903 days ago
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mps    

The climax scene that he did with Elliott Gould in Getting Straight was brilliant. It's in my top ten of best film endings. And it will change your outlook on The Great Gatsby.

902 days ago
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Sue    

He was a devoted husband and father who was in years of televison as well as movies. He was "Packy" on General Hospital as well as nominated for a Tony Award.

902 days ago
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marioj    

"Violet your turning violet Violet"

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