English novelist, screenwriter, and fighter pilot who authored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and The Witches.
He was involved in what he called the 'Great Mouse Plot of 1924, in which he and a few other boys put a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers inside "a loathsome" woman's candy store. The conspirators were later caught by the school principal and struck with a cane, and Dahl was sent to boarding school.
His family gave him a Viking funeral, placing chocolates, a power saw, pencils, and his snooker cues in his coffin.
Following his divorce from Patricia Neal, whom he was married to for 30 years, he married Felicity Crosland in 1983.
Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka in the 2008 film adaptation of Dahl's book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.