Peter Ostrum, the actor that played Charlie in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, opted for a career as a veterinarian over acting. Willie Wonka was his only movie

Peter Ostrum

Peter Gardner Ostrum (/ˈoʊstrəm/; born November 1, 1957) is an American veterinarian and former child actor whose only film role was as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 motion picture Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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.

Ostrum became interested i… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

14 thoughts on “Peter Ostrum, the actor that played Charlie in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, opted for a career as a veterinarian over acting. Willie Wonka was his only movie”

  1. chapattapp

    I grew up in the next town over. Loads of people swore by him as a vet.

  2. sirbearus

    Good for him. Lots of people become stuck.

  3. Detriumph

    Damn shame, they always get into drugs, don’t they?

  4. WonLinerz

    Well shit, I drove through his current hometown 2 days ago, he’s 20 minutes away.

    Also, not for nothing, Cornell’s veterinary program is *legit* and a very impressive accomplishment.

  5. Infamous_User

    I actually saw him give a lecture on being a large animal veterinarian once. He went thru the whole presentation without addressing the “chocolate elephant in the room” and then at the end opened the floor to any questions and said people were allowed to ask him questions related to the movie and his story on how he decided to become a vet. It was actually really interesting.

  6. SpliffyPuffSr

    Probably his time spent with Uncle Joe made him realize people are shitty and decided to devote his life to animals

  7. Kangar

     >As of January 2018, Ostrum still received US$8–9 of royalty payments about every three months.

    Are they saying $8.00-$9.00?
    That doesn’t seem like a lot.

  8. skorac36

    Probably better for him tbh. Sure the money is not as good, but you most likely won’t be molested at the animal hospital

  9. pragmaticlysarcastic

    He lives in Lewis County NY! Apparently a really upstanding guy around the area, and a trusted vet.

  10. LeaguePillowFighter

    Animals or hollywood.

    Easy choice

  11. _MikePossibly_

    Who the hell captioned the photo on that Wiki article?

    *A three-quarters bust portrait photo shows a middle-aged Caucasoid man looking to the photographer’s right; he is wearing a blue-plaid collared shirt and a lanyard.*

  12. landback2

    The vet I recently worked for attended Cornell with him.

  13. NotTheBelt

    It’s fine to choose being a veterinarian over acting, but it’d be a bit dramatic if he became a veterinarian overacting.

    “Timmy, I… don’t know how to tell you this, but your gerbil is very sick. He’s a fighter, though. I’ve never seen a gerbil with such tenacity. He was dealt a bad hand by God, but he said ‘NO! Not today, lord! I’m going to fight this disease! There’s a bedding of freshly shredded paper waiting for me at home, and *dammit* I’m going to sleep in it!”

    “So… is Gary gonna be okay?”

    “Hmm? Oh, yeah. Just give him two of these a day and he’ll be fine.”

    “Thanks… Hey, aren’t you the guy from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?”

    “Why, yes I am, and before you ask, I’ve already autographed your gerbil.”

  14. Bongressman

    Lowville, NY! My hometown! The clinic has a choice spot at the edge of town.

Leave a Comment