Leonard Stone of 'Willy Wonka' dies at 87

leonard-stone.jpgTony-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."
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