From a vet to a lawyer, we take a look at what happened to the cast of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. From becoming a vet to studying law and writing books – these stars have had some brilliant careers
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory burst onto our screens for the first time in 1971.
Starring Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Paris Themmen and Rusty Goffe to name just a few.
Many of the actors who starred in the original movie dropped out of acting after earning fame and fortune from the 1971 smash.
Some though, have had blossoming careers in the world of acting, while others took more low-key routes.
Tumbling down the pathway and up to the gates of his chocolate factory everybody was obsessed and intrigued by this weird and wonderful character.
Prior to taking one of the lead roles in the 1971 hit movie, Gene Wilder was best known for starring in Bonnie and Clyde in 1967.
After starring in the hit movie adaptation of the bestselling book by Roald Dahl, Gene went on to star in multiple films including the 1974 film Blazing Saddles, and the 1976 film Silver Streak.
Gene also cowrote and starred in 1974 film Young Frankenstein.
Another hit film that Gene is well-known for is the 1989 blockbuster See No Evil, Hear No Evil – the comedy starring himself and Richard Pryor.
After 2003, the star who rose to prominence as Willy Wonka, took a step away from acting.
He published a few books including his 2005 memoir Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art.
Gene died at the age of 83 on August 29 2016.
He was at home in Connecticut, and died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition he never spoke about publicly.
His family have reportedly said that he died while listening to one of his favourite songs, Over the Rainbow sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
He reportedly chose not to disclose information on his condition has he didn’t want to cause worry, disappointment or confusion to any young fans.
Peter Ostrum played Charlie at just 12-years-old after being scouted for the role.
Participating in a local children’s theatre, Peter was asked if he wanted to audition.
At the time of his audition, there was no script, so he had to read parts of the Roald Dahl book.
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