Peter Ostrum

Born Nov 1, 1957

Peter Gardner Ostrum is an American large animal veterinarian and former child actor whose only film role was Charlie Bucket in the 1971 motion picture Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. A native of Cleveland, Ostrum practices and lives in Lowville, New York with his wife Loretta, and two children: his son Leif and daughter Helenka.… Read More

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    Huffington Post - Nov 11, 2015
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1957 Birth Born in 1957.


1972 15 Years Old Fond memories of his five months in West Germany included watching the construction of Olympiapark, Munich, for the 1972 Summer Olympics, and working with Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. … Read More


1990 33 Years Old In 1990, he was invited to speak to students at Lowville Academy by teacher Carol Reed, and has since spoken to students there once a year - on the last day of school, as a special treat - about his experience in the film Willy Wonka as well as his work in veterinary medicine. … Read More


2000 43 Years Old In October 2000, Ostrum and some of his co-stars from the film were scheduled to record an audio commentary for a special edition DVD.
2005 48 Years Old 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" (placing 78th). … Read More


2009 52 Years Old In January 2009, Ostrum teamed up with Dunkin' Donuts to hand out free rides on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) at South Station in Boston, Massachusetts; Ostrum's participation connected the MBTA's CharlieCards he was handing out with his portrayal of Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka. … Read More
2010 53 Years Old In a 2010 interview, Wonka co-star Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) revealed that Ostrum had agreed to join her and Paris Themmen (Wonkas Mike Teevee) for a reunion commemorating the 40th anniversary of the film's release in 2011. … Read More
2011 54 Years Old In a 2011 interview, Ostrum told the story of how director Mel Stuart gave him a clapperboard from the film, and then forgot he had done so; it is Ostrum's only souvenir from the set. … Read More
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