Willy Wonka: What Happened To Charlie?

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Willy Wonka: What Happened To Charlie?, When you land that first big film role, the world’s at your feet. Your career is about to launch itself into the stratosphere. For some it’s the culmination of years of studying, face exercises and dressing as a giant carrot in a shopping centre, but for others it’s both the beginning and the end.

Let us present the one-hit wonders of the movie business, the stars with only one big screen credit and what happened to them.

Peter Ostrum – Charlie Bucket in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ (1971)

The kind of role that child actors and pushy stage parents dream about was bagged by Peter Ostrum in 1971, playing the shy yet determined Charlie Bucket to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka in the defining version of Roald Dahl’s classic. It was his first and last film role.

Now he works as a vet in New York State. “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,” he said. “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.” Fair play.

Bite part… Danny Lloyd in The Shining (Credit: Warner Bros.)Danny Lloyd – Danny Torrance in ‘The Shining’ (1980)

This, on the other hand, is the kind of role pushy stage parents have nightmares about. Danny Lloyd was just six when he was selected by Stanley Kubrick to play Danny Torrance in ‘The Shining’, opposite a terrifying Jack Nicholson.

Kubrick was very protective of Lloyd, due to the violent nature of the film, and was kept unaware that it was a horror film, only finding out after shooting was over. Lloyd had a bit part in a TV movie two years later, but then declared he had no interest in pursuing a film career. He went on to become a professor of biology, and now teaches in Missouri.

Katie Jarvis – Mia in ‘Fish Tank’ (2009)

Katie Jarvis was having a row with her boyfriend Brian on the opposite platform at Tilbury Town station in Essex when she was spotted by a talent agent. She was quickly cast as wannabe dancer Mia in Andrea Arnold’s acclaimed drama ‘Fish Tank’, which went on to win the Jury Prize at Cannes. She now has a daughter called Lily Mae, and while there’s still time, it remains her single film credit so far.

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