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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 16 April 1971New York City, New York, USA
Birth NamePeter Billingsley-Michaelsen

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Billingsley has been a member of the Hollywood community since he was a small child, achieving success and accolades, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. The highly-successful child actor-turned-producer received an Emmy Award nomination, in 2005, as co-executive producer on the critically acclaimed Independent Film Channel show, Dinner for Five (2001), with Jon Favreau. He also served as executive producer on the hit summer film, The Break-Up (2006), and recently wrapped production on Marvel Comics feature film, Iron Man (2008), directed by Jon Favreau.

Billingsley also served as co-producer on the Artisan Entertainment classic, Made (2001), starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, as well as Sony's recent science fiction release, Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), directed by Favreau.

Billingsley recently became a principal in "Wild West Picture Show Productions". The production company, founded by Vince Vaughn, currently has a first look production deal with Universal Studios.

Growing up in the public eye, Billingsley began his acting career, at the age of three, in some of the '70s most memorable television commercials. After appearing on numerous television shows and films during his youth, the Emmy Award-nominated actor delivered a performance for the ages in the beloved holiday film, A Christmas Story (1983). Playing humorist Jean Shepherd's youthful alter-ego "Ralphie", Billingsley's repeated requests, in the film, for a genuine Red Ryder B-B gun quickly catapulted the actor to instant stardom and has since driven the film into pop culture lore as the classic modern-day Christmas tale.

Born in New York City, Billingsley currently resides in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Pisani

Trivia (11)

Great-grandnephew of Stork Club impresario Sherman Billingsley (his maternal great-grandfather was Fred Billingsley who was Sherman's brother).
Younger brother of Melissa Michaelsen and Neil Billingsley.
Became best friends with Vince Vaughn, after they shared the screen on CBS Schoolbreak Special: The Fourth Man (1990).
Was number 63 on vh1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005)
His second most famous role as a child actor (next to "Ralphie" in A Christmas Story (1983)) was probably that of "Messy Marvin" in the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup commercials.
By age 11 he had acted in over 120 TV commercials, two feature films, two made-for-TV movies and three TV shows.
Back in the 80s he was the national spokesman for President Ronald Reagan's Young Astronaut Council, which was an educational program aimed at kids.
Wrote the Introduction to the 1994 autobiography "Dreamer", written by his friend Brian Evans, in 1994.
Found friend and singer/songwriter John O'Brien deceased in Brien's hotel room.
Appeared on September 29 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee with the "Vince Vaughn Wild West Comedy Show" as a surprise guest. [September 2005]
Producing "A Christmas Story: The Musical", a musical based on his classic movie, A Christmas Story (1983), on Broadway.

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