Saturday, December 14, 2013

Okay, so A Christmas Story is Bob Clark's 1983 picture about a Depression-era family in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It stars Peter Billingsley as "Ralphie" and Ian Petrella as "Randy" (he lay there like a slug; it was his only defense).

Why, here are our heroes as they appeared in the film.

Wanna see what they look like now???????

Look here behind this link...................

Peter Billingsley continued to act on an occasional basis through the 1980s and 1990s. He guest-starred on Who's The Boss?, Punky Brewster, The Wonder Years, and Highway To Heaven, and did several B-movies. In 1990, when he was 19 years old, he starred in an after-school special, The Fourth Man, in which he appeared as a high school jock hooked on steroids. Also working on that project was Vince Vaughn, with whom Billingsley forged a lifelong friendship. In 1994, he was in yet another after-school special, The Writing on the Wall, in which he co-starred as the leader of an anti-semitic gang who defaces a rabbi's home. He was nominated for an Emmy for that work.

Beginning with the 1993 film Arcade (in which he starred as a "virtual reality" addict), Billingsley began producing and directing films. Sometimes working under the stage name "Peter Michaelsen," he began working his way up in film and television. In 2001, he was nominated for an Emmy award for producing Dinner for Five. He has produced or co-produced several major films, including Zathura, Elf, The Break-Up, Iron Man, Four Christmases, and Couples Retreat. He is also a close friend of Jon Favreau's (the director of Iron Man).

He continues to act, usually in small roles in which he's the producer.

Ian Petrella was just eight years old when he did A Christmas Story, and continued acting on television into the 1990s. He later studied improvisational comedy at the Groundlings Comedy Theater in Los Angeles.

Petrella got into puppetry after working as a production assistant on a Los Angeles live puppet show. Totally hooked, he studied marionette puppetry in the Czech Republic, then moved to San Francisco to study film and perform puppet shows on stage. He's worked fairly steadily, doing work for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and the Henson Company's Brats of the Lost Nebula.

He co-founded GILJACK, a Web content and animation company. He continues to study puppetry, animation, graphic design, and music. He also owns a cat named Spike.

You know.................. Both these guys are pretty hot!

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