A Christmas Story: Where are they now?

Peter ThenCharacter: Ralphie
Actor: Peter Billingsley

Following the success of A Christmas Story, Peter Billingsley went on to appear in various television shows and movies. Opportunities for him to guest star on popular shows like Who's the Boss, Highway to Heaven, Punky Brewster, and The Wonder Years continued into the early 90s. In 1994 Peter wrote, directed, and starred in The Sacred Fire. In this thirteen minute video short, Peter plays a vampire hunter disguised as a homeless man. Peter NowHe believes that psychic vampires dress up as vagrants and steal the essence, or Sacred Fire, from charismatic people. Needless to say, it received mixed reviews. Since then, Peter Billingsley has rekindled his successful career, this time behind the camera, as a producer. His works include Dinner for Five, Made, The Break-Up, and Iron Man. Peter also occasionally accepts small roles in films, such as Elf, The Break-Up, and Iron Man. Most recently, in 2012, Peter Billingsley has been one of the executive producers of the TBS comedy Sullivan & Son. Throughout his time in Hollywood, Peter has shown his appreciation for the movie that launched his career by participating in various A Christmas Story documentaries and reunions.

Scott ThenCharacter: Flick
Actor: Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz was one of the most easily recognizable children in the early 80s but, by the end of the decade, his career had stalled. In 1990, perhaps hoping to cash in on his once-famous name, Scott turned to the adult film industry. However, his roles wereScott Now generally minor and supposedly non-sexual. At one point, he worked as a manager for adult film stars but eventually quit because he did not care for the job. In 2000, after having made 16 pornographic films, Scott Schwartz decided to quit so that he could try to become a legitimate mainstream actor again. In 2005, he made the list of VH1's "The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars", being selected as number 85. Scott Schwartz has been in various documentaries, most recently having been featured in The Tragic Side of Fame in 2011.

Ian ThenCharacter: Randy
Actor: Ian Petrella

After A Christmas Story, Ian Petrella made guest appearances on popular television shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, Who's the Boss, Highway to Heaven, and Beverly Hills 90210. However, after feeling like his opportunities were limited, Ian decided to leave the business at a relatively young age. Ian NowHe dabbled in comedy for awhile, having been trained at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. In the 1990s, while working as a production assistant, Ian Petrella found he had an interest in puppets. He studied marionette puppetry in the Czech Republic before returning to California to work as a puppeteer. Somewhere along the way, Ian also discovered his passion for animation, graphic design, and music. Like other A Christmas Story alumni, Ian Petrella has appeared in various works related to the movie that made him famous. In 2008, and again in 2010, Ian played The Narrator in a stage production of A Christmas Story.

Zack ThenCharacter: Scut Farkus
Actor: Zack Ward

Zack Ward has been working steadily since his film debut in A Christmas Story, making him the most successful actor of all the children. Twice in the 80s, and once again in 2000, he had a recurring role as Moody Spurgeon in the Anne of Green Gables made-for-TV movies. From 2000-2002 Zack was given the opportunity to co-star in the FOX comedy Titus as Dave, Christopher Titus' perpetually stoned half-brother. Throughout his career, he has guest starred in many television shows such as Sliders, Party of Five, Zack NowNYPD Blue, Charmed, Lost, Deadwood, NCIS, and three different CSI series. Zack has also been given minor roles in popular films like Almost Famous and Transformers. In 2012 he wrote, directed, and produced Protocol X. This fifteen minute short is based off the feature length screenplay Experimental, by Kelly Parks, where a college student is injected with an experimental drug that allows him to see things others cannot. Most recently, Zack Ward did some voice work on the video game, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, which is set to be released in March of 2013. Despite his busy career, Zack still makes time for documentaries relating to his earlier works. Like his former co-stars, he has also attended reunions and conventions related to A Christmas Story.

Yano ThenCharacter: Grover Dill
Actor: Yano Anaya

Although Yano Anaya only appeared in three films, two of his roles were in incredibly Yano Nowmemorable movies. First in A Christmas Story as Grover Dill, the mean-spirited little sidekick of Scut Farkus. Second in Better Off Dead as one of the paperboys. Yano also appeared in the Van Halen video, Hot for Teacher, where he portrayed a young Michael Anthony. Like the others, throughout the years, Yano has participated in documentaries and attended gatherings relating to A Christmas Story.

R.D. ThenCharacter: Schwartz
Actor: R.D. Robb

R.D. Robb has worked sporadically since his role in A Christmas Story. From 1985-2001 he appeared in television shows, including Highway to Heaven, ER, Unhappily Ever After, and Touched by an Angel. R.D. NowHe also had minor roles in The Brady Bunch Movie and Matilda. In 1995 Robb co-wrote and directed Don's Plum, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire but they filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of the film. As a result, it is not allowed to be shown commercially in the U.S. or Canada. However, in 2001, it was released in Denmark. Robb also appears in documentaries about A Christmas Story and has attended reunions. Most recently, in 2012, he was one of the executive producers for the zombie-themed film, April Apocalypse.

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Written by: Kimberly1978VA
Dec 29th, 2012, 5:28 am


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