What happened to the cast of Willy Wonka after the smash 1971 hit 

Mail Online | 6/11/1935 | Stephanie Linning For Mailonline
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From game show contestants to Harry Potter actors, these are the decidedly different paths taken by the stars of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory once the cameras stopped rolling.

The 1971 film is back in the news today following the death of former child star Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregard, at the age of 62 yesterday.

Family - Favourite - Roald - Dahl - Book

The family favourite, based on Roald Dahl's 1964 book, tells the story of five schoolchildren tour the magical chocolate factory belonging to charming candy man Willy Wonka.

For some of the child stars, the film marked the start of a decades-long career in showbiz. Others turned their backs on the industry in favour of careers as accountants and vets.

Helm - Motley - Crew - Actors - Gene

At the helm of the motley crew of actors was Gene Wilder, who played the title role and brought the wacky, wonderful world of the chocolate factory to life. He was joined by fellow adult actors Roy Kinnear - father of stage and screen actor Rory - and Jack Albertson, who played the lovable Grandpa Joe.


Film - Stars - Kinnear - Role - World

One of the film's bigger stars, Kinnear was happy to take a supporting role to join the world of Willy Wonka as Henry Salt - the father of spoilt schoolgirl Veruca.

Born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1934, Kinnear was the son of Scotland and Lions rugby player Roy Kinnear Sr and his wife Annie.

Kinnear - Junior - George - Heriot - School

Kinnear junior was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art aged 17.

National service interrupted his studies but he soon found his way back to the stage and cut his teeth on stage and radio before becoming a national star as a participant in TV show That Was The Week That Was.

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