*Aww…I had to share this one. Especially for all of us who adored the classic film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and have, of course, learned of the death of its central character, owned by Gene Wilder (June 11, 1933-August 29, 2016).
All kinds of folks, celebrities and otherwise, continue to express their condolences and share experiences about the actor. But one in particular stands out.
Remember ‘Charlie Buckett’…the kid that found the ‘golden ticket’ and got to fly away in Willy Wonka’s golden glass elevator…while that beautiful music played… and Willy told Charlie that he was going to give him the Chocolate Factory…and he could bring his family to live there and he would be trusted to care for the Oompa Loompas?
TMI? OK sorry. I got carried away back there.
But him. The actor who portrayed the glorified role was Peter Ostrum. And you can bet the moment that word of Wilder’s passing got out, media outlets looked him up to hear his feelings about the legendary actor’s sudden death.
Ostrum, who reportedly loved playing the role of Charlie, left the movie business after the film wrapped and has made a career as a veterinarian. He spoke to Variety following the actor’s passing and likened it to “losing a parent.”
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