The 1971 classic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory was an absolute classic that almost everyone has seen! But where are all the stars of the iconic film now?
Willy Wonka – Gene Wilder
The Oscar-nominated Wilder went on the direct and write several of his own films including The Woman in Red. he published a memoir in 2005. Wilder passed away in 2016 aged 83.
Charlie Bucket – Peter Ostrum
You wouldn’t believe it, but playing Charlie Bucket was Ostrum’s only ever acting role! He now lives in Lowville, New York and works as a vet.
Veruca Salt – Julie Dawn Cole
Cole is 61 years old and has appeared in several British television shows since her role as the spoilt brat!
Violet Beauregarde – Denise Nickerson
Nickerson guest starred on The Brady Bunch after her role in Willy Wonka, but she retired from acting in 1978 at the age of 21.
She unfortunately passed away in 2019 after suffering a stroke.
Mike Teavee – Paris Themmen
Themmen, 60, went on to pursue a variety of roles in the industry, including Disney Imagineer to film production manager. He currently is involved in commercial casting in LA.
Augustus Gloop – Michael Bollner
Bollner, had to stray away from his native German and learn English specifically for the role! Bollner, now 60, also left acting behind, and is a tax attorney in Munich.
Grandpa Joe – Jack Albertson
Albertson’s acting career was vast, playing roles in films such as The Poseidon Adventure and The Fox and The Hound. Jack Albertson passed away in 1981 at the age of 74.
Oompa Loompa – Rusty Goffe
Rusty Goffee played the most prominent Oompa Loompa in the film, he continued his acting career, playing Jawa in Star Wars, and has played a goblin in five Harry Potter films.
Who was your favourite Wonka character?