10 Impressive Things Peter Billingsley's Been Doing Since 'A Christmas Story'

Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
(MGM | Bauer Griffin)It's that time of year again. Christmas is on the horizon and that means sparkling lights, Bing Crosby, and 40,000 reruns of that time-honored holiday classic, A Christmas Story. Yes, the movie is a beloved favorite of millions of Americans who make it a tradition to watch Ralphie shoot his eye out every year. For most people, Ralphie is one of those singular characters who only exists in one place... like Urkel.

Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie, faded from the limelight after the film. But the child actor's career was far from over. The bespeckled, blue-eyed kid kept acting and is now a successful Hollywood producer who's done quite well for himself thanks to some powerful relationships and smart decisions (he seems to have a soft spot for Christmas movies, go figure). What's Billingsley been doing since A Christmas Story? Here's a quick rundown to get you up to date:

1. He was on Who's the Boss, Punky Brewster, and The Wonder Years in the '80s.
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
2. He was in The Dirt Bike Kid and Russkies (below, next to a young Joaquin Phoenix).
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
(New Century Vista Film Company)3. He became close friends with Vince Vaughn while working on the CBS Schoolbreak Special The Fourth Man in 1990. The two became roommates and eventually started a production house, Wild West Picture Show Productions.
4. In 2001 he was nominated for an Emmy for co-producing Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau.
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
(IFC)5. He produced Elf in 2003 and had a cameo in the film as Ming Ming.
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
(New Line)6. He was Executive Producer on The Break-Up in 2006 and had a small role as well.

7. In 2008 he appeared in Iron Man on which he also served as Executive Producer.

8. Also in 2008, he appeared in and produced Four Christmases alongside Vaughn.
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
(New Line)9. He made his directorial debut in 2009 with Couples Retreat.
Couples Retreat - Photocall
(L-R) Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, director Peter Billingsley, Malin Akerman and Vince Vaughn attend the 'Couples Retreat' photocall at Claridge's on October 15, 2009 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »10. His next film as director will be Term Life, starring Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bill Paxton.

...But let's never forget Ralphie (not that TBS would let us).
Catching Up with Peter Billingsley
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