Peter Ostrum
American actor
Peter Ostrum
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.
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The Children From 'Willy Wonka' Just Had The Sweetest Reunion
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Forty-four years ago, the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" brought Roald Dahl's magical candy wonderland to life. It also brought a group of kids together both on and off screen. On Wednesday, the child actors -- now, very much adults -- from "Willy Wonka" reunited on the "Today" show to talk about filming the classic flick alongside the legendary Gene Wilder.  "Five kids clambering all over you, wanting his attention," Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, recalled. "There was never any, 'Please don't bother Mr. Wilder.' And we must have been pretty tiresome." Most of them walked away from the film industry after making "Willy "Wonka," however, they still see each other at events all over the world that commemorate the film.  "We think of ourselves as a family, maybe a bit of a dysfunctional family, but a family!" Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teevee, said, laughing.   Peter Ostrum, who had the beloved role of Charlie Bucket in the movie, added, "Every ...
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David Brake: 51 Pieces of Movie Trivia You May Not Know
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Film trivia is vital to breaking awkward silences and enlivening the dullest of evenings everywhere, so prepare to dazzle your friends with these 51 trivia facts you might not know. 1. Die Hard originated from the failed script of Commando 2. 2. Samuel L. Jackson demanded that the studio keep Snakes on a Plane as the title because it was the only reason he accepted the role. 3. Rather than use CGI, Tim Burton had 40 squirrels trained to crack nuts for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. 4. Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last carnival scene of Grease. 5. The sounds made by the Brachiosaurs in Jurassic Park were a combination of whale and donkey sounds. 6. In National Treasure, the good guys in the movie use Google and the bad guys use Yahoo! 7. Django Unchained is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get the top billing. 8. For Dr. Strangelove, Peter Sellers was paid $1 ...
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Profiles in History announces auction of Willy Wonka memorabilia
Blast Magazine - almost 5 years
Profiles in History, “the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia”, announced yesterday that it will offer an as-yet unmatched collection of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory memorabilia for auction this July. These props are of the last few remaining from the film’s production: the day after shooting wrapped, “Cabaret” began shooting on the same location, and the majority of the Wonka props were discarded. The lot includes the iconic purple-jacket costume worn by Gene Wilder as Wonka in the 1971 film, expected to fetch $80,000 – $120,000. Also up for grabs are three items from the personal collection of Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt. A screen-used “everlasting gobstopper”, one of only two known to exist, comes with a notarized letter written by Ms. Cole describing its significance in the film. A golden egg, also including a notarized letter, used during one of the film’s musical numbers, is also included. Last, but not least, is an original ...
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08-17-11 2011 Chicago Comic-Con Wrap-up - The Shopper Online
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Paris Themmen (Mike Tee Vee), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregard) and Michael Boellner (Augustus Gloop) recounted their experiences filming the now 40-year-old classic while answering
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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2011 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con - Time Out Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Paris Themmen (Mike Tee Vee), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregard) and Michael Boellner (Augustus Gloop) recounted their experiences filming the now 40-year-old classic while answering
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Mad Dog, Wonka, bat boys celebrated - Minor League Baseball.com
Google News - over 5 years
12 Peter Ostrum only has one film credit to his name, but it's a significant one. In 1971, at the age of 13, the Cleveland native was plucked from obscurity and chosen to play none other than Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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The Kids from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Appear at Chicago Comic Con - Anglotopia.net
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Michael Boellner Join 500+ Celebrities And Artists At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14 NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 26, 2011 – It will be a “scrumdiddlyumptious”
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Best News Ever: Kids from orignial WILLY WONKA at Chicago Comic Con - Very Aware
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Paris Themmen (Mike Tee Vee), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt, the character, not the band from the 90′s), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregard) and Michael Boellner (Augustus Gloop) will answer the questions of die hard
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'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's ... - High-Def Digest
Google News - over 5 years
With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum. Includes the songs "The Candy Man," "Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do," and more. The 3-disc set will feature 1080p, a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, and all of the supplements from the the previous editions including an audio
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Willy Wonka y la fábrica de Chocolates cumplen 40 años - Qbit
Google News - over 5 years
Estos son los nombres de los personajes que acudieron al llamado, Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) y Diana Sowle (la Sra
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Meet Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory's Violet forty years on - Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
Forty years on Julie Dawn Cole, pictured right in 2001, who played bratty Veruca Salt, left, is still enjoying stardom with several parts on British television, including the popular series Emmerdale Actor Peter Ostrum traded in the acting scene to
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The Throwback: 'Wonka' star talks 40th anniversary - CNN (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
CNN: We heard that there was a rivalry between you and Denise Nickerson (Violet) over Peter Ostrum (Charlie). Any truth to that? JDC: Well, you know, we were 13 and he was 13 and he was the only available male, really. But we both had a crush on him
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Elenco de A Fantástica Fábrica de Chocolate se reúne após 40 anos - CineClick
Google News - almost 6 years
Peter Ostrum, que hoje trabalha como veterinário e interpretou Charlie Bucket, disse saudosamente: “Eu tenho ótimas lembranças de fazer este filme, de trabalhar com Jack Albertson e Gene Wilder, eles foram ótimas pessoas para se trabalhar”
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'Willy Wonka's' original Charlie Bucket reveals film's lickable wallpaper ... - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Peter Ostrum, who left acting after portraying Golden Ticket winner Charlie Bucket, revealed that the fruity wallpaper the actors licked in the film tasted like . . . wallpaper. This news is especially disappointing to anyone who wondered what a
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NEW CASSETTES: FROM A HORROR CLASSIC TO A MASTER CLASS; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
NYTimes - about 32 years
Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum; directed by Mel Stuart, 1971 Warner Home Video 100 minutes. $59.95 As the movie's sweet refrain goes: Who can take a rainbow and sprinkle it with dew? Why the Candy Man can! Willy Wonka's amazing candy factory has Wonka Bars and Scrumdiddlyumptious Bars. It's got golden chocolate eggs, Fizzy
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Ostrum
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After he finished shooting Willy Wonka, the then 13-year-old Ostrum declined the offer of a three-film contract, later recalling that "everybody thinks that acting is such a glamorous profession, but it's a difficult profession." In his senior year, Ostrum was involved in film class and, at the interest of one of his instructors, looked back into theatre and acting. After auditioning for, but not landing, several roles (including Equus on Broadway), Ostrum decided not to pursue it further. After putting his short film career behind him, Ostrum declined reporters and interviews, preferring not to speak on the subject; "I wanted people to judge me on who I was, not what I’d done". For some time, Ostrum even lied and told people that his brother, and not he, had starred in the film. It took Ostrum years after moving to Lowville before he told anybody there about his one-time stardom; even his wife Loretta did not know about his role until he warned her about it just before she met his mother.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after Ostrum returned home from filming Willy Wonka, his family acquired a horse; while the teenaged Ostrum was interested in the horse, it was the animal's veterinarian that left a lasting impression on him. Taking a hiatus from school between high school and college, Ostrum groomed horses and worked at the Delaware Equine Center in Pennsylvania. Ostrum contemplated a return to Hollywood, and even visited California for a week to "test the waters" there. He ultimately decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine instead, feeling that he would forever berate himself if he didn't. In 1984, Peter Ostrum received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ostrum worked out of the Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York, where he works mainly with horses and cows. He has taken part in the video series Veterinarians on Call, funded by Pfizer, highlighting the work of large animal veterinarians.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The promotion also gave out one "golden ticket", worth unlimited rides on MBTA and unlimited Dunkin' Donuts coffee for 2009.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 47
    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).
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • 2000
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details About the film, the students chiefly ask about the special effects, and Ostrum describes to them "what happened to Veruca, how did Violet blow up like a blueberry, how did Charlie fly with Grandpa Joe, all those types of questions." Ostrum has been called "the most famous man in Lowville", where the local video rental shop has twice worn out its VHS copy of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Though in his audition he had been assured that his singing would probably be cut and dubbed, it was Ostrum's own singing voice that made it to the screen - albeit significantly cut.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born in 1957.
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