You probably don’t know this, but the actor, who once portrayed Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, hasn’t played in anything else.
Meet Peter Ostrum – the one-time actor who decided that becoming a vet would be better than continuing with an acting career.
Ostrum was born in Dallas, Texas, US, in 1957. He was 12 years old when a bunch of talent agents discovered him in their search for the ideal kid to portray the role of Charlie Bucket. He auditioned, won over the rest of the casting agents and eventually left for Munich, Germany, to film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory over the course of 5 months. Even though he got to visit some interesting places and events, such as the construction site for the Summer Olympics, he saw the acting gig as a tough business, which is why he returned home after the filming process ended and he refused to sign an acting contract for upcoming movies.
Once he returned home, his parents bought a horse. And while the young Ostrum was interested by the domesticated animal, he was fascinated by the vet, who took care after the horse. Thus, he decided to become a vet and graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Nowadays the man is in his late 50s, he’s still practicing and he’s living with his wife Loretta and their children Helenka and Leif in Lowville, New York, US.
Over the course of a long period of time Ostrum refused to speak about his acting experience as a kid to any reporters and journalists. His only acting gig up to present day remains Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After portraying Charlie Bucket, Ostrum hasn’t played in anything else.