Mel Stuart

As a young adult, director Mel Stuart initially had hopes of becoming a composer after graduating from New York University. He quickly changed his mind and gravitated towards film and found himself working as an ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1928 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (33)

Running on the Sun 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Wattstax 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1974 - 1975, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1992, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Fantastic Facts 1974 - 1975, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1992, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Best of the Worst 1974 - 1975, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1992, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Casablanca 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Get Christie Love! 1974 - 1975, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Ripley's Believe It or Not 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Unclaimed Fortunes II 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Cary Grant: A Celebration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Unclaimed Fortunes 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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With Peter Beard in Africa 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

The Chisholms 1979 - 1980, 1983 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

True Confessions 1984 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Director

Mean Dog Blues 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Brenda Starr 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director

One Is a Lonely Number 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Making of the President 1968 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Director

I Love My Wife 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Making of a President: 1964 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Director

Making Of The President: 1960 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Director

Four Days in November 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Ruby and Oswald (TV Show)

Director

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Director

The Hobart Shakespeareans (TV Show)

Director

The Making of the President (Movie)

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Triangle: Remembering the Fire (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Running on the Sun 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wattstax 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inside the KGB 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Those Amazing Animals 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Four Days in November 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bill (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (2)

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)
Writer (1)

Biography

As a young adult, director Mel Stuart initially had hopes of becoming a composer after graduating from New York University. He quickly changed his mind and gravitated towards film and found himself working as an assistant editor for commercials and an assistant to experimental filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute. Joining David L. Wolper Productions was a career altering step, and Stuart directed numerous television documentaries covering diverse topics, from film star Sophia Loren to global politics. Stuart earned an Academy Award nomination for "Four Days in November," a documentary uncovering the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His first major motion picture was directing the comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" in 1969 and in the following year, "I Love My Wife" starring Elliott Gould. Stuart found commercial success when he adapted Roald Dahl's whimsical childhood fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" into a family musical in 1971. He strayed away from big budget films and his next project was "Wattstax," a documentary unveiling the black experience in the midst of a music festival in Los Angeles. By the mid-1970s, Stuart got involved with television and even directed an episode of the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter." He went back to his documentary roots and continued to direct and produce informative films for BBC and PBS beginning in the 1980s and into the the new century.

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