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When Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was released in 1971, everyone became familiar with Peter Ostrum, the young actor who played the cute, blond-haired Charlie. More than four decades later, Peter says his days being recognized as the boy who won the golden ticket are long behind him.It was Peter's first—and only—movie role. Watch as the 56-year-old former actor reveals how he went from being a young boy in Cleveland to one of the stars of a film that remains a cult classic today. For more on #WhereAreTheyNow, visit

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