Since becoming a holiday movie icon in 1983's A Christmas Story, Ralphie Parker never really left fans' sides. Little did they know that Peter Billingsley, the man behind the beloved character, is out and about, still on the grind and making films. With the big announcement that Fox's live musical production of A Christmas Story will air this winter, fans must be wondering where Ralphie from A Christmas Story is now.
Audiences commonly know Billingsley as the adorable little guy who dreamed of nothing but getting a Red Ryder air rifle. The fictional 9-year-old and his shenanigans included warding off his school bully, cranky old dad, overbearing mom, and annoying little brother, in order to make it to Christmas. Simply put: Ralphie Parker and his no-B.S. attitude are timeless, no matter what time of year.
Now, he's all grown-up, and 46-year-old Billingsley still makes the occasional appearance on screen. However, the filmmaker has really thrived behind the scenes, alongside other familiar players in the industry. He's part of quite the dream team and it looks like he won't be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, according to IMDb, Billingsley has directed and executive produced a handful of super popular projects that fans of A Christmas Story may have also seen.
A few times now, Billingsley has partnered with household names Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. He served as co-executive producer of Dinner for Five (2001) alongside Favreau; co-producer of Made (2001), starring Favreau and Vaughn; and co-producer on Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), which was directed by Favreau.
Beyond the early 2000s, this team is still going strong. In 2006, Billingsley executive produced the comedy The Break Up (starring Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, and Favreau), and even had a small role as a friend who appears in the bowling scene. Dipping into the Marvel world, he co-produced the massive hit Iron Man (2008), which Favreau directed, and even had the small part of William Ginter Riva. The same year, he executive produced Four Christmases (2008) starring Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, and later directed Couples Retreat (2009), which Favreau and Vaughn wrote. Most recently, Billingsley took the director's seat for the 2016 thriller Term Life, starring Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.
Although Billingsley has made plenty of films since A Christmas Story, he's no stranger to the small screen either. He's produced shows like Undeniable with Joe Buck, Sullivan & Son, and Pursuit of Truth. Currently, he's working on TV movie, Brad Paisley and Friends.
With a super low profile, Billingsley opts out of social media (he has a Twitter account, but hasn't been active since 2014). Still, he's out there crushing it and seems to appreciate the occasional Christmas Story reference every now and then. Now, if he'll make a cameo in Fox's upcoming live production, that will truly bring things full circle.