I started watching this for the hundredth time over the weekend, one of the all time greats and got to wondering what ever became of all the mini stars – are they still in showbiz? Or was this the peak of their acting prowess. Well after a bit of research I can reveal that among Charlie, Veruca, Mike, Violet and Augustus we have a vet, two accountants and two actors…..
Peter Ostrum (born November 1957) who played Charlie Bucket now practices as an American large animal veterinarian. His only film role was Charlie Bucket and he never continued with acting afterwards. A native of Cleveland, Ostrum practices and lives in Lowville, New York with his wife and two children. He 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.
Julie Dawn Cole (born October 26, 1957) who played Veruca Salt has remained in acting since her famous role and has appeared in numerous English television, film and stage performances over 40 years. She says that whenever her daughter did anything brattish when she was younger she would say ‘Is there a problem, Veruca? Can I help you?’ That always snapped her out of it.”
Paris Themmen (born June 25, 1959) who played Mike Teevee in the 1971 film has dabbled in various careers, including commercial casting, film production, Disney Imagineering, retail, real estate, and finance. Acting appearances as an adult include “Virtuoso”, a 2000, sixth season episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, and as a contestant billed as a “former child star” in two 2008 episodes of the American game show Duel.
Denise Nickerson (born April 1, 1957) who played Violet Beauregarde in the movie turned 21 in 1978, and opted to quit acting at that time. Since then, she has appeared on television sporadically and currently works as an accountant at an engineering plant in Colorado. She does keep in touch with her co-stars however.
Michael Böllner (born 14 September 1958) who played Augustus Gloop said he enjoyed acting in the film, even though he could not speak English beforehand and had to have his lines coached by a crew member. He did a few more films in Germany after Willy Wonka but soon quit because his father said he should finish school. He is now a tax accountant in Munich.
So there you go!