On New Year’s Eve every year, Wifey and I host a Trivia Night at our house, of which I am the Master of Ceremonies. Among this year’s categories was a Geography one that required each team to try and draw U.S. states from memory. The results were pretty humorous. Enjoy. (more…)
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My wife and I were watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” the other night and I thought to myself that, despite the overwhelming success and longevity of this film, who outside of Gene Wilder was ever really heard from or seen again? None, that’s who.
So let’s take a look at the gang and what’s happened to them in the years since WW&TCF, starting with Mr. Charlie Bucket himself, Peter Ostrum.
Yes, the mustachioed man you see above is the curly-headed boy from one of the most classic movies ever made. He’s now a veterinarian in New York and never acted after the one and only gig that made him famous.
The lovely and wretched Veruca Salt was played by an actress named Julie Dawn Cole, who has appeared in a lot of British TV and soap stuff, but nothing else major. She reportedly has never seen the Johnny Depp version of the film.
Next up is Paris Themmen, the little cowboy character in the film named Mike Teevee (which always has seemed a little hokey to me–just sayin’). He has appeared in exactly one Star Trek episode and has dabbled in a variety of careers over the years, including real estate, finance, retail, commercial casting, and film production. He’s lost the majority of his hair, but still has that boyish face. Win some, lose some, right?
Violet Beauregarde, known in the real world as Denise Nickerson, has done quite a few acting gigs over the years, but most notably played a character on the soap opera “Dark Shadows.” Five years after “Willy Wonka,” she was hit by a car and spent eight months in a full body cast, but eventually got well and started acting again. Today, she’s an accountant at an engineering firm in Denver, Colorado, and to be honest, that’s kind of what she looks like.
That just leaves us with big, fat Augustus Gloop, who got too greedy and fell into the deadly river of chocolate. He survived, apparently, and is now a successful tax accountant in Germany working under the name Michael Bollner. That, apparently, is the name he was given at birth, but I think Augustus Gloop has more marketing possibilities.
So there you have it–the gang from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” filmed in 1971. Not the best-looking batch of characters, but I guess they weren’t really all that gorgeous 39 years ago. The fact that they’re even still alive is a minor miracle.
Definitely a worthwile read.