All 3 Willy Wonka actors ranked from worst to best

I have finally watched Wonka, so now I must give my opinion on who portrays him the best. Who sits on the throne?

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WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Why celebrate the spookiest time of the year for only 13 nights when you can celebrate for 31!? Freeform has expanded their annual Halloween programming event to "31 Nights of Halloween" bringing more thrills and chills to the entire month. From Oct. 1, the network will be invaded by everyoneÕs favorite witches, a murderous barber, out of control dinosaurs and everything else that goes bump in the night. (©WOLPER PICTURES, LTD.) GENE WILDER, OOMPA LOOMPAS /
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Willy Wonka, the name that twinkles with sugar, spice, and everything nice - or, should I say, everything weirdly wonderful and whimsically wild.

This eccentric chocolatier, hailing from the fantastical realms of Roald Dahl's imagination, is not your average candy man. Wonka is a confectionary wizard with a penchant for the extraordinary, operating out of a chocolate factory that's more a wonderland than a workplace. Imagine a place where rivers flow with chocolate, gumdrops dot the landscape, and Oompa-Loompas break into song and dance at the drop of a hat. It's there that Wonka concocts his magical treats, from everlasting gobstoppers to fizzy lifting drinks, all while donning a top hat that's as iconic as his mysterious smile.

But Willy Wonka isn't just about sweets and treats; he's a man with a plan, a very peculiar one at that. In a stroke of genius or madness (depending on whom you ask), Wonka decides to open his secretive factory to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden in his chocolate bars. The catch? These aren't just any children; they're test subjects for Wonka's moral and ethical experiments. Through a series of bizarre and, let's be honest, somewhat hazardous challenges, Wonka gauges their character, all under the guise of a tour. From Augustus Gloop's chocolatey downfall to Veruca Salt's golden goose chase, each child faces a fate that's as instructive as it is entertaining. It's a tale that teaches us the value of honesty, humility, and, above all, not judging a book by its candy-coated cover.

But perhaps what makes Wonka so endearing to us, the audience, is the way he is portrayed on-screen. Three top-tier actors have lent their skills and talent to the role and produced three very different embodiments of his personality. But how do they rank amongst each other?

Let's take a look at these three actors and their performances and talk about what they bring to the table when it comes to our favorite chocolatier.