Peter Ostrum - Famous Veterinary Physician

Peter Ostrum Net Worth


Famous American large animal veterinarian and former child actor Peter Ostrum has a net worth of $500,000, according to the latest reports. Ostrum is best known for his role as Charlie Bucket in the cult-classic 1971 film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ but gave up his film career shortly after and pursued veterinary medicine.

Key facts:

  • Peter Ostrum, born in Dallas, Texas in 1957, is an American large animal veterinarian and former child actor.
  • Ostrum is best known for his role as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.'
  • He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.
  • Ostrum began his acting career in children's theatre at the Cleveland Play House. He was selected for the role of Charlie after a nationwide talent search.
  • After declining a three-year film contract, he returned to high school. Nowadays, he works as a veterinarian and speaks annually to students about his film career.

Basic Information About Peter Ostrum

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsVeterinary physician, Actor
Net worth$500,000
Date of birth1957-11-01 (66 years old)
Place of birthDallas
NationalityUnited States of America
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

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Peter Ostrum roles

Movie / Series Role
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryCharlie

Peter Ostrum's Quotes

  • When the picture [Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] was over, it was like it had never happened. I returned to school and by the time it was in theaters I'd changed a lot so I wasn't even recognized much. So when I was, it was always a nice experience because people like 'Charlie'. He's a nice kid. My parents told me to look on it as an experience, which is what I did. My mom and dad were not at all stage parents. They made sure I had a clear choice about what I did for a living. I'm really grateful to them because being a veterinarian is very gratifying.
  • [on making Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] The entire experience was better than enjoyable. It was really interesting. But I had a chance to see what everyone's job entailed and I knew I didn't want to do any of those things for a living. Including being stars like Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. When it was over, I was anxious to become just another kid again.
  • [on how he almost returned to performing] When I made Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), acting was something that interested me. It still does, but not as a profession. The only time I ever considered it again was when I heard they were holding auditions to replace Peter Firth in "Equus" on Broadway. My thinking was that, perhaps I should at least present myself. Getting the part would have been like lightning striking twice, but I didn't get it. So I continued in school with the same majors--animal husbandry and veterinary medicine.
  • Do I regret turning down the movie offer? I don't think so. I love the job I am doing right now. Granted it is about as far away from Hollywood as you can get, but I have a feeling of self-satisfaction with it. I don't believe that I made the right choice or the wrong choice. I made a choice that fit what I wanted, and it shaped how life unfolded for me. Would have life been better if I took the movie offer? Maybe, but I'll never know, and it's something I'll never question.
  • He frightened me! We had become good friends during the filming, so I had no idea why he was yelling at me during the scene. The director then yells "cut" and Gene all of sudden smiles and was like "great job!" I was so confused on what just happened, but realized he and David (Seltzer) had prepared how to do the scene and didn't want to tell me so they could get a more genuine reaction. What can you say, it worked.

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Interesting Facts about Peter Ostrum

  1. Has two children: Helenka Ostrum and Leif Ostrum.
  2. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) was his only film appearance. He later went on to become a veterinarian.
  3. Was offered a three-picture contract after Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), which he turned down.
  4. As of 2003, was a veterinarian for large farm animals (cows and horses) in Glenfield, NY.
  5. Both Denise Nickerson and Julie Dawn Cole admit that they had crushes on him during the time they made Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) together.
  6. In 2001 he in first place among males age 40-49 at the Lake Placid Half Marathon .
  7. Iss the youngest of four children by over a decade.
  8. Although born in Dallas (TX), he was raised largely in the Cleveland (OH) area, where he first acted in local children's theatre productions.
  9. Attended North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, NJ.
  10. Resided in three different cities as a child: Dallas, TX; Cleveland, OH; and Newark, NJ.
  11. Resided in Munich, Germany, for more than six months while filming Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
  12. Was #78 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
  13. In 1984 received his doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  14. Visits public schools in his community to talk about his experiences, what it's like to be a veterinarian, and how one's life changes with the decisions one makes.
  15. Has said that he would love to be in a Quentin Tarantino film.
  16. Born on exactly the same date as country/western impresario Lyle Lovett.

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