- After playing Charlie Bucket in 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Peter Ostrum became a veterinarian.
- Jeff Cohen, also known as Chunk from “The Goonies,” is now an entertainment lawyer.
- Dylan Sprouse of Disney Channel fame opened a brewery and sells mead.
After that, she appeared in multiple made-for-TV movies and made a cameo appearance in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
Richards made a brief return to TV in 2013, with a role in “Battledogs,” but it was just a one-time thing. Before that, she’d last appeared in the direct-to-video movie “Tremors 3: Back to Perfection” in 2001.
She also appeared in the disaster movie “Independence Day” and the rom-com “The Beautician and the Beast.”
She has also written two books: a memoir, “You Look Like That Girl,” in 2015, and a book detailing her struggles with anxiety, “Not Just Me: Anxiety, Depression, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird,” in 2017.
“I don’t do many interviews. But when I do, I try to make it clear, ‘The Shining’ was a good experience,” Lloyd told The Guardian in 2017. “I look back on it fondly. What happened to me was I didn’t really do much else after the film. So you kind of have to lay low and live a normal life.”
The studio was prepared to offer Ostrum a three-movie deal, but he declined.
“Acting was fine, but I wanted something more steady, and the key is to find something that you love doing, and that’s what my profession has given to me,” Ostrum told the American Veterinary Medical Association in an interview in 2000.
He continues to keep a low profile, but he does speak at public schools about his time on “Willy Wonka” and appeared on a 2014 episode of OWN’s “Where Are They Now?”
“I would miss being in the classroom,” Henn told People in 2001 of her decision to pursue teaching over acting. “I love being in there with the kids.”
He also voiced TJ Detweiler on the ’90s cartoon “Recess.”
Panabaker said she became disillusioned with acting after a producer told her she needed to lose weight because her character on a TV show was getting a love interest.
“Looking back, finding my true passion was worth all of the extra time,” she told Naperville Magazine in 2016. “I work with some of the most incredible people, who inspire me to work harder and make a bigger difference in the world. That aspect was missing in my previous career and is something that feeds my soul in my current line of work. I love it when I leave work and have felt like I was able to inspire and make a difference, even if it was just one person that day. I don’t earn a fraction of what I used to, and yet, I couldn’t be happier.”
Cole Sprouse played Ross’ son, Ben, on “Friends,” and together the twins starred as Zack and Cody Martin on Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
She told Deadline in 2020 that her character work as an actor has been helpful as a medical professional.
“In nursing, you come across so many different kinds of people … To be able to say, ‘I may not know what you’re going through because I personally haven’t gone through it, but I can only imagine and I’m here to listen. I’m here to empathize. I’m here with you for whatever you need me to do.’ I don’t know if I would have been able to do that as effectively without being an actor,” she said.