Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

This Is What The Kids From ‘Willy Wonka’ Look Like Today.

Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde

It frightened and entertained us to see Violet blow up like a blueberry. Who would have ever guessed that the selfish, gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde would end up as a nurse and later, a selfless full-time mom?

Before playing Violet, Nickerson appeared in the show Dark Shadows and starred as Lolita in the stage production Lolita, My Love. She left acting in 1978 when she was 21 years old.

Denise Nickerson as Violet Beauregarde

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Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee

Wonka shrunk down the mighty voiced Mike Teevee before successfully ejecting him from the tour. His character aside, we expected great things from Paris Themmen, the actor who played him, and he delivered.

At 14, he quit acting but later studied theater at NYU. His passion for travel led him to found a travel service for backpackers. He has also worked in finance, real estate, film production, casting, and more. You might have also seen his wife, Nikki Grillos, on Jeopardy!, where she was a two-time champion.

Paris Themmen as Mike Teevee

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Rusty Goffe as an Oompa Loompa

This story would not be as delightful without the orange-skinned, green-haired Oompa Loompas, and that includes actor Rusty Goffe. The actors who played the Oompa Loompas were rumored to party hard while filming in Munich. We don't know if Goffe was involved in that, but we do know that he went on to play a goblin at Gringott's in Harry Potter. He also played the lead in A Kitten for Hitler.

Rusty Goffe as an Oompa Loompa

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Here's the gang back together once again.

This photo is a testament to the phrase 'Time flies.' It's been 45 years since the 1971 release of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, but that won't keep us from watching it again and again.

'And they're certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing!'

RIP Gene Wilder, the legendary Willy Wonka and so much more.

Here's the gang back together once again.

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