Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

37 of 186: Mel Stuart, director of the 1971 film, 'Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory' died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 of cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.

Stuart's dozens of documentary films include three editions of 'The Making of the President.' The award-winning documentary filmmaker is also known for the 1969 comedy, 'If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.'

Stuart won one Emmy Award for 'The Making of the President' and was nominated for four other Emmy Awards for his work. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary, 'Four Days in November.'

(Pictured: Mel Stuart appears at Jacques Torres Chocolates during an event promoting the 40th anniversary of 'Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory' and the Warner Home Video Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD launch in New York on Oct. 18, 2011.) (AP Photo / StarPix, Marion Curtis, file)