Willy Wonka has got to be one of the greatest films of all times. Although it came out in the early 70s, it’s clear that it has remained an important film that children of all ages have had the pleasure of seeing. As kids, we longed for the chance to visit such a factory, though one never even existed. It was a hard movie to watch without having a big bowl of candy within an arms reach. It’s clear now that we know how important the movie remains. One thing we don’t know is what happened to the cast of our beloved film? Click through to see where the cast members are now!
#18 RIP Gene
#17 Grandpa Joe
Everyone remembers the beloved Grandpa Joe! We watched as he got out of bed in order to go to the factory with Charlie, help Charlie burp his way away from death, and encourage his grandson to take over the Chocolate Factory. But whatever happened to the amazing actor who played him? Unfortunately, Jack Albertson, the actor who played him, did pass away. But he still had a successful career after the movie was over.
#16 Jack Albertson
He passed only a decade after the movie premiered, but no doubt did he still have a successful career. Just like Gene, it’s sad to know that we won’t ever get to see another movie with these actors in it! However, you can still watch the movies and shows he was in after Willy Wonka was over, such as “The Fox and the Hound,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and “Chico and the Man.”
#15 Gunter Meisner
Gunter Meisner was the actor who creeped us all out as he followed Charlie around and cornered him in the dark streets after Charlie got his ticket. But in the end, we fell in love as we found out he was a good guy after all. Unfortunately, Gunter too passed away in 1994. He still was able to have a long and successful career.