'Wonka' actor who played Violet's dad dies at 87

Leonard Stone who plays Sam Beauregarde, father of gum-chewing champion Violet, in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' died on Nov. 2, 2011 after battling cancer. He passed away a day before what would have been his 88th birthday. (Pictured: Leonard Stone appears as Sam Beauregarde and Denise Nickerson appears as her daughter Violet in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

November 5, 2011 3:36:22 AM PDT
Leonard Stone, who played the father who accompanied chronic gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde on a tour through a far-out candy palace in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," has died.

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