Peter Gardner Ostrum is an American former child actor best known for playing Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). Since then he has become a veterinarian specializing in large animal care.
Ostrum decided to pursue another path after his acting career ended and enrolled in veterinary school. Now working at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York where he treats horses and cows he also occasionally volunteers as an acting coach for local theatre productions.
Early Life and Education
Peter Ostrum is an American former child actor. He gained widespread renown during the 70s for his debut performance as Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film. Later, Peter transitioned from acting into veterinary medicine.
Former child star now practicing veterinarian and an accomplished artist; winning several awards for his works and participating in several exhibitions.
No matter how busy he may be, he always finds time for family life. Married to Loretta M. Lepkowski and father to Helenka and Leif, his family life remains important to him.
Leif is a Scandinavian male given name that can be pronounced either as “ei” or “eyej”. It is a variant of Erik found both in Erik the Red’s Saga as well as Olaf Tryggvason’s Heimskringla.
Leif has taken part in several South Lewis Central School productions but appears not to pursue acting as a profession. Instead, his focus lies more with music; he’s been vocally active at local shows.
Ostrum took an unconventional path when choosing his career path: instead of acting and fame, he decided to become a veterinarian instead. Now living in Lowville, New York he practices his veterinary profession with complete dedication.
Peter Gardner Ostrum was born November 1, 1957 in Dallas, Texas to Sarepta Pierpont and Dean Ostrum, his parents. He is an American veterinarian as well as former actor who appeared in one film in 1971 and still receives royalty payments each quarter from that film.
Achievement and Honors
Peter has found it relatively easy to maintain his privacy since withdrawing from public view, focusing on his work as a veterinarian and doing very well at it.
Lowville Academy invited him to speak about his former acting career and current profession as a veterinarian, in addition to performing some farm work around town such as mowing lawns and splitting wood for residents.
Loretta and their two children Helenka and Leif make up his family, despite his former career. He currently works at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York as well as Dairy Health & Management Services – making a name for himself in both industries through hard work and dedication.
Peter Ostrum lives an extremely private life, opting to remain unactive on social media platforms such as Facebook. Instead, he prefers living quietly and peacefully in Lowville, New York where he currently practices as a veterinarian. Loretta Lepkowski is his wife while Helenka and Leif are their two children.
At twelve, he was discovered by talent scouts from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and offered a three-film contract; however, he declined due to his desire to pursue veterinary medicine instead.
He is an animal lover and treats his patients with care and kindness. In addition, he enjoys reading and traveling. Additionally, he leads an active lifestyle by participating in regular physical exercises to stay fit – this handsome individual maintains an incredible physique!
Ostrum was 12 when chosen by talent agents to appear in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Although he enjoyed filming it, he declined a three-movie contract to have greater control in selecting his roles and began reluctantly talking about his acting role afterwards; only through initiating an annual tradition of speaking to children about it did his interest reignite.
Ostrum was heavily influenced by his family veterinarian when he returned home after filming and became interested in caring for their horses, eventually earning a doctorate from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Now residing in Lowville, New York with his wife Loretta and children Helenka and Leif, he works both as a veterinarian at Countryside Veterinary Clinic as well as managing partner of Dairy Health & Management Services.