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"I've got the same chance as anybody else, have I?"
~ Charlie Bucket

Charlie Bucket is the main protagonist of the 1964 Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the 1971 and 2005 film adaptations of the book. Despite being a stereotypical boy, Charlie is a noble, caring hero and one of the best in British literature. He lives with his parents and bedridden grandparents in a ramshackle home in England. Charlie is willing to do whatever it takes to help his family and keep them safe. He spends his days rummaging for chocolate and money, and when he unexpectedly gets the fifth golden ticket to explore a giant chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka, he gets a chance to bring his family to a new life. Charlie goes to the factory with his dear Grandpa Joe and wows Willy Wonka with his generous heart, surpassing the first four prize-winning kids: The greedy and gluttonous Augustus Gloop, the selfish and bratty Veruca Salt, the bad-mannered gum-chewer Violet Beaurigarde, and the arrogant, television-obsessed Mike Teevee. Charlie inherits Wonka's factory and brings joy to his family.

He is portrayed by Peter Ostrum (in his only film role) in 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And by Freddie Highmore in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who also portrayed Arthur, Norman Bates, Jared Grace and Shaun Murphy and voiced Astro Boy and Justin.

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