Barret Oliver – Bastian Balthazar Bux
Young Bastian picks up the mysterious book and begins to read it, eventually becoming a character in the fantastical world of Fantastica (the film also refers to the world as Fantasia at times).
Barret, who played Bastian in the first film, performed in other movies and series in the 1980s, such as the Cocoon movies and an adaptation of The Secret Garden for American TV.
However, he retired from acting as a child and has since been a photographer specialising in older techniques such as collodion and Woodburytype, which his work being shown in galleries.
Other actors played Bastian in the subsequent Never Ending Story films.