Rusty Goffe Who Played an Oompa Loompa in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' Has a Son Who's Also an Actor
Ben Goffe is the son of Rusty Goffe, who showed up as an Oompa-Loompa in the 1971 version of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." Like his father, Ben has also entered the world of the entertainment industry.
Born with dwarfism, Ben isn't just an incredible actor but also a great dancer, singer, and musician, according to his official Twitter account.
Recently, the famous personality posted photographs that show him performing along with other artists of Epsom Playhouse.
"Well that's it, another Panto season over," Ben wrote. "It's been SUCH a blast working with these wonderful people everyday, thank you all for a wonderful few weeks."
As an actor, he is known for his roles in "Stoner Express," "Outcasts," and "The Jewish Enquirer," according to his IMDB profile.
He also has credits for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and Erica Whyman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Well that’s it, another Panto season over. It’s been SUCH a blast working with these wonderful people everyday, thank you all for a wonderful few weeks. Can I NOW do my tap dance?!! #Panto #PeterPan #Starkey #Epsom @EpsomPlayhouse pic.twitter.com/j4jiFwlUg1— Ben Goffe (@ben_goffe) January 6, 2020
In a 2017 interview with Roda Musa, Ben, who has always been very much interested in acting, opened up about the struggles he has faced as an actor with dwarfism.
When asked what has been his biggest struggle so far in his career, he replied, "Trying to be taken seriously as an actor."
He is grateful that there's a theater company called Graeae...
Lovely night switching the Christmas lights on at @hobbledown_epsom 😃 great to meet the 3 boys who will be playing John and Michael as well @epsomplayhouse #PeterPan #Starkey #Panto #ChristmasLights pic.twitter.com/MKJ7I7wR3v— Ben Goffe (@ben_goffe) November 22, 2019
Ben elaborated that because he's a dwarf, he's automatically assigned the role of a dwarf in Snow White, or to be a creature in another show by directors and producers. He added:
"The struggle for me was saying that yes I am a dwarf, but I can also do so much more, like dancing and playing the trumpet."
The multitalented artist also said that he only wants to be considered first as an actor and his size to be a secondary thing.
He is grateful that there's a theater company called Graeae that gives actors with disabilities a chance to play normal parts. He said that Graeae is aiming to put disabled people at the front of the theatre.
Totally forgot to post this last week! When someone you worked with 7 years ago in Panto is now taking the West End by storm! Great to see you Rebecca, hope you’re enjoying @AdrianMoleUK https://t.co/21HZSToNma— Ben Goffe (@ben_goffe) July 10, 2019
Ben continued that he's been doing a lot more work with the theater company recently, and it has truly opened up his eyes to how many disabled actors there are, which for him is exceptionally significant.
He also has a message for those who are disabled. His advice to them would be to just go for it because there are no limits to what they can accomplish.