American child actor and later veterinarian Peter Ostrum is known for his role as Charlie Bucket in the musical fantasy family film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ (1971). This is the only movie he has starred in. He was in the sixth grade when he was spotted by talent hunters while performing at the Cleveland Play House children’s theatre and offered the role after an audition. His performance impressed producer David L. Wolper who offered him a contract for three films. However, Ostrum declined the offer in order to keep his options open. He auditioned for a number of roles, including that of Alan Strang in the play ‘Equus’ on Broadway, however, failed to get selected. This prompted him to give up acting and concentrate on his profession as a veterinarian. He has delivered several talks to students about his experience with acting. He further garnered attention when the film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was released in 2005. His popularity soared with VH1 listing him as one of the ‘100 Greatest Kid Stars’.