Peter Ostrum

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Peter Gardner Ostrum ( /ˈpiːtər ˈoʊstrəm/; born November 1957) is an American large animal veterinarian and former child actor whose only film role was Charlie Bucket in the 1971 motion picture Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. A native of Cleveland, Ostrum practices and lives in Lowville, New York with his wife Loretta (née Lepkowski), and two children: his son Leif and daughter Helenka. Ostrum has been called "the most famous man in Lowville", where the local video store has twice worn out its VHS copy of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Ostrum was in the sixth grade and performing at the Cleveland Play House children's theatre, when he was noticed by talent agents who were searching nationwide for the actor to portray Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The agents took Polaroid photos of Ostrum and recorded him reading from the original novel before they returned to New York. Two months later Ostrum was called to New York for a screen test where he sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", and a month after that he was contacted and given ten days to prepare to leave for filming.
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