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Peter Ostrum

Peter Ostrum

Peter Ostrum

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Ostrum was in the sixth grade and performing at the Cleveland Play House children's theatre, when he was noticed by talent agents who were searching nationwide for the actor to portray Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The agents took Polaroid photos of Ostrum and recorded him reading from the original novel, then returned to New York. Two months later Ostrum was called to New York for a screen test where he sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Ostrum also accepted an invitation to appear at the 2018 Snowtown Film Festival in Watertown, New York, answering audience questions after a screening of the film; "it’s in my backyard—it's become a popular event in January and I like to support local events." Ostrum said of the 2018 event that he enjoyed re-watching the film, and that people ask him "great questions." (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In the run-up to the release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, Ostrum garnered a spate of attention that included seeing the film in New York City with NPR as well as being included in VH1's list of "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (at 78th). (Source: en.wikipedia.org On the new film, Ostrum quoted fellow Wonka actor Julie Dawn Cole, saying that "It's sort of like going back to a house that you once lived in and it's been redecorated." Ultimately, the media attention was so pervasive that Ostrum stopped answering his phone, and requested "please, no more interviews." (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

A former actor whose career catapulted as a child, Peter Ostrum's only role was playing Charlie Bucket in 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." Ostrum was discovered by talent scouts as a sixth grader acting in a local play in Cleveland. He auditioned and passed a successful screen test in New York. After capturing the lead role as Charlie Bucket, the young Ostrum filmed the blockbuster in Germany for five months. Movie executives offered Ostrum a three-film contract, but the reclusive actor declined the offer and settled back to a normal childhood. As a young adult, Ostrum tried entering the industry by auditioning for broadway plays, but failed to secure any roles. Ostrum shunned the spotlight and pursued his interest in veterinary medicine and graduated from Cornell University with a doctorate in 1984. His previous life as a child actor has been discussed in numerous television specials, such as VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars." Ostrum's prosperous career as a veterinarian was featured in the short documentary series "Veterinarians On Call." Although he generally declined to discuss his short-lived acting career with the media, Ostrum made a appearance in a Willy Wonka-themed challenge of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" as a guest judge. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

The AVMA profiled Ostrum, a vet in New York who does mostly dairy work and, as the site says, “is now more concerned with milk production than milk chocolate.” He visits local public schools to discuss his life experiences, what it is like to be a vet, and how the decisions one makes affects his or her life. Ostrum says that “acting was fine,” but it wasn’t his passion and he wanted to find something that he loved doing — which led him into work as a veterinarian. (Source: www.cheatsheet.com)

Peter Ostrum, born as Peter Gardner Ostrum, is an American former child actor and currently a veterinarian. His only movie role was as Charlie Bucket in the musical fantasy film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’. Though he enjoyed shooting for the flick, he opted not to act further. After giving up acting, he became reluctant to even talk about his one starring role. Ostrum, who later started an annual tradition of speaking to school kids about his film, became a subject of interest once again when the flick ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was released in 2005. He became interested in horses during the filming of Willy Wonka and decided to work with animals in future. He later attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine following which he practiced as a veterinarian. He now enjoys a successful career as a veterinarian. He lives with his wife, a son, and a daughter in Lowville, New York. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

Coming to Ostrum’s love life, he has been married to Loretta Lepkowski since 1987. The couple has two kids: a daughter named Helenka and a son named Leif. Currently, Ostrum lives with his wife and children in Lowville, New York, USA. As of now, he is not active on any social networking platform. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

As of February 2018, Ostrum is serving at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic in New York, where he generally works with horses and cows. The American veterinarian has taken part in the video series titled ‘Veterinarians on Call’ in which he highlighted the tasks of large animal veterinarians. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

Paris Themmen’s acting career post-Willy Wonka included a role in a Broadway play called The Rothchilds, as well as commercial work. He later earned a BFA in theater from New York University, though he largely didn’t pursue acting further. Off screen, Themmen says he’s held several jobs in finance, real estate, film production, casting and even served as a Walt Disney Imagineer, to name a few. (Source: www.biography.com)

Paris Themmen’s acting career post-Willy Wonka included a role in a Broadway play called The Rothchilds, as well as commercial work. He later earned a BFA in theater from New York University, though he largely didn’t pursue acting further. Off screen, Themmen says he’s held several jobs in finance, real estate, film production, casting and even served as a Walt Disney Imagineer, to name a few. (Source: www.biography.com)

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Ostrum was 12 years old when selected by talent agents for Willy Wonka. Though he enjoyed the experience of shooting the film, he opted not to sign a three-film contract when it was over. After eschewing a career in film and theatre, Ostrum became reluctant to speak about his one starring role. In 1990, he began an annual tradition of speaking to schoolchildren about the film, and he became a subject of interest again when the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to theaters. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In the run-up to the release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, Ostrum garnered a spate of attention that included seeing the film in New York City with NPR as well as being included in VH1's list of "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (at 78th). (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

A former actor whose career catapulted as a child, Peter Ostrum's only role was playing Charlie Bucket in 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." Ostrum was discovered by talent scouts as a sixth grader acting in a local play in Cleveland. He auditioned and passed a successful screen test in New York. After capturing the lead role as Charlie Bucket, the young Ostrum filmed the blockbuster in Germany for five months. Movie executives offered Ostrum a three-film contract, but the reclusive actor declined the offer and settled back to a normal childhood. As a young adult, Ostrum tried entering the industry by auditioning for broadway plays, but failed to secure any roles. Ostrum shunned the spotlight and pursued his interest in veterinary medicine and graduated from Cornell University with a doctorate in 1984. His previous life as a child actor has been discussed in numerous television specials, such as VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars." Ostrum's prosperous career as a veterinarian was featured in the short documentary series "Veterinarians On Call." Although he generally declined to discuss his short-lived acting career with the media, Ostrum made a appearance in a Willy Wonka-themed challenge of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" as a guest judge. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Despite starring in a movie that is still popular more than 50 years after its release, Ostrum decided to call it a career and leave entertainment after that one memorable role. He’s made appearances as himself on TV shows since then, but never again had a prominent acting role in Hollywood. Despite leaving the industry, Ostrum has fond memories of making the movie and working with such notable actors as Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. He also appreciates the chance that he got to experience life abroad at such a young age, as the movie was filmed in Germany. (Source: www.cheatsheet.com)

Peter Ostrum, born as Peter Gardner Ostrum, is an American former child actor and currently a veterinarian. His only movie role was as Charlie Bucket in the musical fantasy film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’. Though he enjoyed shooting for the flick, he opted not to act further. After giving up acting, he became reluctant to even talk about his one starring role. Ostrum, who later started an annual tradition of speaking to school kids about his film, became a subject of interest once again when the flick ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was released in 2005. He became interested in horses during the filming of Willy Wonka and decided to work with animals in future. He later attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to receive his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine following which he practiced as a veterinarian. He now enjoys a successful career as a veterinarian. He lives with his wife, a son, and a daughter in Lowville, New York. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

Before he died at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016, Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for 1974’s Young Frankenstein (along with regular collaborator Mel Brooks), as well as a Golden Globe Best Actor nod for 1976’s Silver Streak, in which he starred with frequent comedy partner Richard Pryor. It wasn’t until 2003, however, that he took home a major award: a Primetime Emmy for his guest role as Mr. Stein in Will & Grace — his final onscreen performance. (Source: www.biography.com)

Despite his divergent career path, Bollner still participates in fan meet and greets and cast reunions, including one in Los Angeles in 2014. He also paid tribute to Wilder following the titular star’s 2016 death, memorializing the actor as a “great guy” who “was very funny” and “made a lot of jokes” on set. “I didn't have a huge amount of contact with him as my English was very poor at that time and his German wasn't so good," he said. “I regret not speaking to him again in the years after the film when my English had improved.” (Source: www.biography.com)

When you starred in one of the most popular family films of all time, 50 years ago, you've had a long time to reminisce — so much so that you can follow through and finish each other's stories. (Source: www.npr.org)

 

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