Peter Ostrum was born on the 1st November 1957, in Dallas, Texas USA, and is a veterinarian and former child actor, probably still best known for his role as Charlie Bucket in the movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” in 1971, the year in which Ostrum’s career started.
Have you ever wondered how rich Peter Ostrum is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Ostrum’s net worth is as high as $500,000, an amount earned through his successful career as a veterinarian. In addition to being a large animal vet, Ostrum’s role in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” improved his wealth too.
Peter Ostrum Net Worth $500,000
Peter Ostrum grew up in Ohio, where he started performing in local Cleveland Play House children’s theatre when he was in the sixth grade. The talent agents noticed his skills, and later called Peter to come to New York for a screen test, and sing ”My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, after which he was cast in the role of Charlie Bucket for the upcoming “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”.
Ostrum played alongside Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson in Mel Stuart’s Oscar Award-nominated film in 1971, and that was his only film credit, but he has always remained remembered as Charlie Bucket. Ostrum didn’t want to sign a three-film contract, and decided not to pursue an acting career. Soon after Peter returned home from Munich, Germany, where the film was made, his family bought a horse, and Ostrum was impressed with the veterinarian, so he developed an interest in becoming one himself.
Peter spent time between North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, New Jersey and college to groom horses and work at the Delaware Equine Center in Pennsylvania, but then went to California to test show business. However, Ostrum opted to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine instead, and in 1984 he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. At the moment, he works at the Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York, and specializes in working with large animals, especially horses and cows.
Ostrum has appeared on numerous TV shows as a guest, including “The Greatest” (2005), “Veterinarians On Call” (2011), and “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (2014). He has also appeared in such documentaries as “Child Stars: Then and Now” (2003), “After They Were Famous” (2003), “Best Ever Family Films” (2005), and “The 100 Greatest Family Films” (2005), all of which contributed modestly to his net worth.
Regarding his personal life, Peter Ostrum married Loretta Lepkowski in 1987 and has two children with her. They currently reside in Lowville, New York.
Has said that he would love to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
resides in Glenfield, New York. [June 2006]
Today, a practitioner in Glenfield, New York, Dr. Ostrum 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. [January 2002]
In 1984 he earned a doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Was number 78 on vh1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
Lived in Munich, Germany for more than six months while filming Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Lived in three different cities as a kid: Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Newark, New Jersey.
Attended North Hunterdon Regional High School in Annandale, New Jersey.
Although born in Dallas, he was raised largely in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, where he first acted in local children's theatre productions.
He is the youngest of four children by over a decade.
Came in first place among males age 40-49 at the Lake Placid Half Marathon in 2001.
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.
Is a vet to large farm animals (cows and horses) in rural New York state.
Was offered a three picture contract after Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), but turned it down.
Has two children, Helenka and Leif.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) was his only film appearance. He later went on to become a veterinarian.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
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.