Peter Gardner Ostrum (born on November 1, 1957) is an American veterinarian and former child actor, was cast as Charlie Bucket in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He was born on November 1, 1957.
|Full name||Peter Gardner Ostrum|
|Date of birth||November 1, 1957|
|Place of birth||Dallas, Texas, United states|
|Famous for||Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory|
Early life and education
Dean Gardner Ostrum (1922-2014) and Sarepta Mabel (1922-2021) welcomed Peter Gardner Ostrum into the world on November 1, 1957 in Dallas.He is 65 years old as of 2023. He is the youngest of four kids.
At the age of twelve, Ostrum was a resident in Cleveland, which is his hometown. He then attended North Hunterdon Regional High School in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Parents and family
Dean Gardner Ostrum and Sarepta Mabel gave birth to Peter Ostrum. He is the youngest of his four siblings. They are all Cleveland residents.
Ostrum was chosen by talent agencies for Willy Wonka when he was 12 years old. He chose not to sign a three-picture contract after the film was finished, despite the fact that he had a good time doing it. Ostrum avoided a career in theatre and movies and grew wary of discussing his lone leading part.
He started a yearly custom of addressing schools about the movie in 1990, and he gained attention once more when the 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hit theatres.
Ostrum and his family purchased a horse not long after he got back from filming Willy Wonka. The horse piqued the teen Ostrum’s curiosity, but it was the vet who made a lasting effect on him. Between high school and college, Ostrum worked at the Delaware Equine Centre in Pennsylvania while grooming horses.
Ostrum considered going back to Hollywood, and he even spent a week in California to “test the waters” there.
He ultimately made the choice to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine because he felt that if he did not, he would always berate himself. Peter Ostrum graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
By June 2022, Ostrum was employed by the Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York, primarily treating horses and cows. In addition to serving as a managing partner for Dairy Health & Management Services. Ostrum also participated in the Pfizer-funded television series Veterinarians on Call, which showcased the job of large animal veterinarians.
He has two children, Helenka and Leif, with Loretta M. Lepkowski, whom he married in 1987. Leif, like his father, discovered early on that he enjoyed acting and went on to appear in several musicals at South Lewis Central School. It remains to be seen if he will follow through with it, unlike his father.
At this time, Peter Ostrum is thought to be valued roughly $500,000.