Lowville Vet Peter Ostrum Didn’t Inherit Chocolate Factory After Gene Wilder’s Death
Peter Ostrum who went from playing Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to being a veterinarian in Lowville, New York owns the chocolate factory. That is if you believe Wikipedia.
The addition to Ostrum's Wiki page was made after the passing of Gene Wilder but has since been taken down. The only thing Ostrum owns is his love for being at vet of large animals.
During filming of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ostrum and Wilder were said to eat lunch together and often shared a chocolate bar for dessert.
Willy Wonka was Ostrum's only role in Hollywood and although he appreciated the fame when he was just 12 years-old, he didn't admit to being Charlie Bucket. "After the film, I always denied my involvement with Willy Wonka. I didn't really want to have anything to do with it," he tells the Huffington Post.
Ostrum wanted to have everything to do with farms and animals. He's now a vet at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville where he works on small and large dairy farms.
"For me, veterinary medicine is a really nice mix between using your head, using your brain, problem-solving, but at the same time, there's a physical aspect of the work that I enjoy. I won't get fat doing this job! You're always on the go and each day is a little bit different."
Instead of casting calls, Ostrum now makes house calls, or should we say barn calls.
Ostrum celebrated the 44th anniversary of the film last November on the Today Show. "Everybody could be so lucky to have an experience like this and then to go in a completely different direction."