This Is What Ralphie From 'A Christmas Story' Looks Like Now
The leg lamp. The pink rabbit suit. The tongue on the flagpole. There are plenty of memorable moments from the 1983 Christmas story that fans relive every Christmas season, especially thanks to the movie's 24-hour marathon every Christmas Day on TBS and TNT. But have you ever wondered what Peter Billingsley, who played the main character Ralphie in A Christmas Story, is up to now? Or how the little child grew up wearing glasses? Well, look no further.
Billingsley is still playing, and if you're a Marvel movie fan you probably came across him without realizing it. Read on to find out what the actor is up to today. And to see where the kid actors from another classic vacation movie are these days, check out what all the "home alone" kids look like now.
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He continued to act, but also moved to the other side of the camera.
Peter Billingsley attends the Paleyfest F is for Family in November 2018 at the Paley Center for Media
Billingsley continued to play after A Christmas Story. As a teenager, he appeared in episodes of Who's the Boss and Punky Brewster. As an adult, he produced more than acted, but was on the '90s Sherman Oaks series and appeared in Elf as well as two of his films, The Break-Up and Four Christmases, both of which play his frequent collaborators. Vince Vaughn.
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He shaved his head for a Marvel role.
William Ginter Riva
Billingsley also played Stark Industries scientist William Ginter Riva in Iron Man and Spider-Man: Far From Home. But you may have had trouble recognizing him. In a token of solidarity with co-star Jeff Bridges, who had to be bald for the film, Billingsley shaved his head. "This is how I came up with my look: I'll tell you what, I'm going to play this role and shave a ditch in my head as a token of solidarity," Billingsley told Vulture in 2019. "And then I just wanted to look like Explore figure. So I went with the solo mustache and glasses, which is definitely not what I look like in my normal life, and no one even recognized me. "
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The connection with the director of A Christmas Story changed his career.
Peter Billingsley 2009
Billingsley has Bob Clark, the director of A Christmas Story, to thank for helping him transition into producing and directing. In a 2018 Variety interview, he stated that he and Clark became friends and remained so until Clark's death in 2007. "Because I wanted to move from the front of the camera to the back, he was the greatest mentor I've ever had," said Billingsley. "He was absolutely encouraging and supportive. I would visit him on set. We would talk and play golf together."
Billingsley's credits include Iron Man, The Break-up, Four Christmases, and the Sullivan & Son series, the four episodes of which he also directed. He also directed the film Couple's Retreat with Vaughn.
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A Christmas story became part of his life in a new way.
Peter Billingsley 2017
In 2012, A Broadway Story: The Musical opened on Broadway with Billingsley as one of the producers. "The idea of a musical was very, very inspiring for me because it really is an extension of the story," he told Playbill at the time. "I don't think you want to remake the story. They did a pretty good job the first time around. But Ralphie was a dreamer in the film. So many of these fantasy sequences are so well suited to the big Broadway song-and- Dance pieces. And that's exactly it. If the father wins the leg lamp, it turns into a kick line for the leg lamp. "
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