TIL that Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory currently earns just $8-9 every three months from royalty payments.

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He’s also a veterinarian and playing Charlie was his only role in film in his life. He never spoke of the role for years until the 90’s.


I bet it was Grandpa Joe who screwed him out of royalties! r/grandpajoehate


How sad — those are Oompa Loompa-like wages.


Harsh. My ex gets more than that from a recording of her singing a children’s song at school in the 90’s due to it being used often in some schools. It is about 15$ per month though paid out annually. Crazy.


Should have sold the Everlasting Gobstopper to Slugworth.