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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.

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