Little Ralphie has not only grown up, he's done well for himself. Now 42, Billingsley has become a producer and director, often working with buddies Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. He appeared with them in 2008's "Four Christmases" and directed them both in "Couple's Retreat." He served as exec producer on Favreau's "Iron Man" and had a cameo as one of Jeff Bridge's scientists. He also produced Favreau's TV show "Dinner for Five" (which earned him an Emmy nom) and Vaughn's "The Break-Up." He exec-produced the musical, saying, "'A Christmas Story' has always meant a lot to me personally."
The film is based on Shepherd's short, semi-autobiographical stories about growing up in Hammond, Indiana. He also provided the narration as adult Ralphie. The radio personality, whom friends called "Shep," was cited as an influence on such wide-ranging talents as Jerry Seinfeld, comic artist Bill Griffith and musician Donald Fagen. He died in 1999 at the age of 78.
"A Christmas Story" was Petrella's first of only two feature films. Petrella (right) had guest spots on series including "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Who's The Boss?" and, at 17, became the youngest member of L.A.'s comedy troupe The Groundlings. In 2010, he served as a tour guide at the "A Christmas Story" House in Cleveland, Ohio, telling visitors about his memories of making the movie. He currently lives in L.A., working on animation and puppetry.
Before memorably playing Ralphie's foul-mouthed "Old Man," McGavin starred as supernatural detective Kolchak on "The Night Stalker." He later guest starred on "The X-Files," which was inspired by his '70s series. He won an Emmy as Murphy Brown's father, and also played dad to Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison." He died on February 25, 2006, at 83. (Trivia: Both he and Melinda Dillon were in 1990's "Captain America.")
Besides playing goofy Mrs. Parker, Dillon is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in "Close Encounters of The Third Kind." Her other films include "Slap Shot," "Absence of Malice" (which earned her another Oscar nom), "Harry and the Hendersons, "Magnolia," and last year's apocalyptic comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World."
Playing the villainous Scut was Ward's first-ever movie role. He's continued to act steadily, appearing in "Almost Famous" and "Transformers," and on TV shows including "Lost," "Dollhouse," and "Deadwood." His most recent appearance was on TV Land's "The Exes." He also played Christopher Titus's stoner half-brother on "Titus" from 2000-2002.
The British-born child actor played Scut's partner-in-bullying and also appeared in the Van Halen video for "Hot for Teacher" and in the 1985 John Cusack comedy "Better Off Dead…" His last role was in the 1988 crime comedy "The Blue Iguana," starring Dylan McDermott. He still makes appearances to talk about making "ACS" all those years ago.
"A Christmas Story" was also Robb's acting debut. After acting in "The Brady Bunch Movie," Robb (left) switched to working behind the camera, including the 1995 short film "Don's Plum," starring then-pals Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. The now A-list stars successfully sued to block the movie from being released as a feature-length film.
Moore (who previously worked with director Bob Clark in "Murder By Decree") reprised her role in the 1994 sequel "It Runs In The Family." In 2011, she starred as Mrs. Claus in the TV movie "Mistletoe Over Manhattan" and in the widely panned miniseries "The Kennedys," with Katie Holmes.
"A Christmas Story" remains Clark's best-known and best-loved film. He also directed a far different kind of holiday flick, 1974's horror movie "Black Christmas," as well as the Sherlock Holmes/Jack the Ripper film "Murder by Decree." And who can ever forget 1982's "Porky's"? Two of his last films were "Baby Geniuses" and its 2004 sequel. He and his son were tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2007. A documentary about him, "Clarkworld," debuted in 2008.