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Overview (3)

Born in Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NamePeter Gardner Ostrum
Nickname Pete

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Ostrum was born on November 1, 1957 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Peter Gardner Ostrum. He has been married to Loretta Lepkowski since 1987. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Loretta Lepkowski (1987 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (16)

Has two children: Helenka Ostrum and Leif Ostrum.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) was his only cinematic appearance. He later went on to become a veterinarian.
Was offered a three picture contract after Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), which he turned down.
Is a veterinarian to large farm animals (cows and horses) in rural New York state.
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.
Came in first place among males age 40-49 at the Lake Placid Half Marathon (2001).
He is the youngest of four children by over a decade.
Although born in Dallas, he was raised largely in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, where he first acted in local children's theatre productions.
Attended North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, New Jersey.
Resided in three different cities as a child: Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Newark, New Jersey.
Resided in Munich, Germany for more than six months while filming Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Was number 78 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
Received his doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (1984).
He 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.
Currently resides in Glenfield, New York.
Has said that he would love to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Personal Quotes (8)

When the picture was over, it was like it had never happened. I returned to school and by the time it was in theatres I'd changed a lot so I wasn't even recognised 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.
For a long time, I hated talking about the movie. When anyone brought it up, I wanted to change the topic. I didn't want to be known as that former child actor. Now, since I've been out of the industry for so long and have grown up, I look on the whole experience with fond memories and see it as a wonderful part of my life. It's fun to reflect now with the maturity that I didn't have at one point when I was younger.
Back then when the film came out, there was no red carpet premiere. I was in my hometown in Ohio and they had an opening there and I was the only one there. There was a little bit of fanfare but not much and the film died a quiet death. It had lukewarm reviews and people forgot about it. It wasn't until video ten years later that it resurfaced and it took on a life of its own.
I enjoyed doing it but I couldn't really see myself doing it for the rest of my life. How many kids carry a successful child acting career into an adult acting career? The Jodie Fosters and Ron Howards you can count on one hand. I think I just played myself in the film - in real life I am a horrible singer and they told me that they weren't going to use my voice but they did. Acting was fine, but I wanted something more steady. The key is to find something you love doing, and that's what I got.

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