When author Roald Dahl penned Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he captured the hearts of countless children and it continues to be a popular book to this day. After all, what’s not to love – a tale of a young boy triumphing and snagging a spot on his dream tour, an enormous chocolate factory with charming details such as a chocolate river and edible flowers, and more. The memorable cast of characters, including the spoiled Veruca Salt and the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, are part of what made the book so beloved. Therefore, it’s not surprising that in 1971, less than a decade after the book was published, a movie was made of the classic tale.
While there was a remake with Johnny Depp created in 2005, most people still find the original 1971 version to be the classic cinematic adaptation of Willy Wonka. However, there is one interesting detail – while many child actors who star in popular films end up becoming successful in the world of Hollywood, Willy Wonka seems to be an exception. Some of the actors tried their hand in one or two roles, but as a whole, they mainly disappeared from the public eye as they grew up. Their slice of fame is limited to the beloved 1971 film packed with Oompa Loompas and impossibly creative candies.
So where are they now? Here’s a look at the main cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, how they landed the role at the time, and what they have been doing with their lives since.
7 Willy Wonka – Gene Wilder
6 Grandpa Joe – Jack Albertson
5 Charlie Bucket – Peter Ostrum
4 Veruca Salt – Julie Dawn Cole
3 Violet Beauregarde – Denise Nickerson
2 Mike Teavee – Paris Themmen
1 Augustus Gloop – Michael Bollner
Like Ostrum, Bollner counts Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as his film debut and only acting credit. As opposed to most of the stars, who came from the United States and U.K., Bollner was German and had to learn English on set. His father encouraged him to continue on and finish his schooling, which he did – and rather than pursuing an entertainment career, he’s moved into the world of taxes. He currently lives in his native Germany, stands tall at 6’7 (it must have been all the chocolate on set) and uses his commanding presence to run his accounting business.
Sources: webcitation.org, dailymail.co.uk, cnn.com, paristhemmen.com
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