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12 Child Stars Who Found Success In New Careers

Like any industry, the entertainment business isn’t for everyone. Some people have the opportunity as children to appear in films or on TV but decide that acting isn’t something they want to pursue for the rest of their lives. Here are 12 people you probably remember from when they were kids, who have gone on to have successful careers in completely unrelated fields.

1) Peter Ostrum

In 1971, Peter Ostrum was cast as Charlie Bucket in the classic film Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Although he enjoyed shooting the film, he chose not to sign a three year contract. Instead, he returned home to find his family had acquired a horse. He was enamored by the animal and eventually earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He is now employed as a veterinarian in Lowville, NY.