Christmas story cast 2016

It’s officially December, which means Christmas will be here soon, which means A Christmas Story 24-hour marathons on TV will also be here soon. Despite opening in 1983 to only moderate success, A Christmas Story has been a staple of the holiday season for decades, thanks to its rediscovery on home video and cable TV. But what happened to the cast since then? Hopefully still getting kicked down slides by Santa. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without that.

It would be silly to start with anyone other than Peter Billingsley, who played the protagonist Ralphie, as he and his iconic quotes helped make the movie what it is today. He continued acting on through the ’80s and ’90s, and most recently he has found a home on Netflix as the executive producer of F Is For Family, a new animated series created by Bill Burr.

Ian Petrella (Randy) moved away from the acting world and works as an animator and puppeteer. He keeps the Christmas Story spirit alive, though, as he gifts a leg lamp to a store whose first had been stolen. Zack Ward, who starred as the bully Scut Farkus, has appeared to pop up in a variety of movies and TV shows, such as Lost and Almost Famous. Shaking his bullying persona, Ward even works as a strong anti-bullying advocate. Scott Schwartz (Flick) also continued his acting career, including appearing in multiple adult films in the ’90s. He currently stars in The Comeback Kids, a series about former child stars.

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Whatever Happened to the Kids from ‘A Christmas Story’?

When it was released in 1983, ‘A Christmas Story’ was only a modest success. However, over the years, constant television airings of the movie during the holiday season has made Ralphie Parker and the gang almost as synonymous with Christmas as the characters in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

Although they remain ageless on the small screen, the kids from Hohman, Indiana are now middle-aged men in real life. See what they are up to below.

Peter Billingsley, Ralphie

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Then: Peter Billingsley played Ralphie Parker, ‘A Christmas Story”s Red Ryder BB gun-pining protagonist.

Now: Although Billingsley, 40, still occasionally acts, he is best known for his behind-the-camera collaborations with his good buddies Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. He recently directed the pair in ‘Couples Retreat,” and produced such movies as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Break Up.’ And he has yet to shoot his eye out with any BB guns.

Scott Schwartz, Flick

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Then: Scott Schwartz played Flick, who was goaded into licking a frozen flag poll in ‘A Christmas Story”s most memorable scene. He also starred in ‘The Toy,’ as a spoiled rich kid who keeps Richard Pryor as his personal manservant. The ’80s were a different time, folks.

Now: Schwartz, 43, managed adult film actors for a while, even starring in the unfortunately-titled ”Scotty’s X-Rated Adventure.’ These days he appears in the odd direct-to-video movie and works at his father’s business, Baseball Cards & Movie Collectables Etc. in Westlake Village, California.

Ian Petrella, Randy

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Then: Ian Petrella played Ralphie’s little brother, Randy.

Now: Petrella, 37, become a puppeteer and an animator after his career as a child actor. He’s also served as a special tour guide for The Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

R.D. Robb, Schwartz

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Then: R.D. Robb’s role as Schwartz, one of Ralphie’s friends in ‘A Christmas Story,’ was his acting debut.

Now: After a spotty acting career Robb, 39, turned to producing. He also directed Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Connolly and Tobey Maguire in the 1995 short film ‘Don’s Plum,’ which DiCaprio and Maguire sued to prevent the release of in North America.

Yano Anaya, Grover Dill

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Then: Yano Anaya played Grover Dill, sidekick to school yard bully Scut Farcus, and tormentor of Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story.’

Now: Anaya also had a memorable role as the paperboy in ‘Better Off Dead,’ but quit acting soon after that. In 2010, he was working at Cupcakes and Milkshakes, a bakery and milkshake bar in Bethel, Connecticut. No word on whether he still shakes down customers for his “two dollars.”

Zack Ward, Scut Farkus

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Then: Zack Ward was the notorious bully Scut Farkus in ‘A Christmas Story.’

Now: If you recognized Ward’s less scrunched up mug, it’s because the 41-year-old has consistently been appearing in movies and TV shows since his debut in ‘A Christmas Story.’ In fact, the Canadian-born actor had 11 acting credits — including shows such as ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and ‘The Mentalist — in 2011 alone.

Ian Petrella (Randy) and Scotty Schwartz (Flick) checking out the living room of A Christmas Story House just before the Grand Opening.

Ian Petrella (Randy) once again hiding uder the sink in A Christmas Story House

Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill) signing autographs for fans at the Renaissance Hotel meet and greet Thanksgiving weekend.

A bully and his toadie. Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) and Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)

Yano Ayana (Grover Dill) near the stairs inside the house.

Scotty Schwartz (Flick) shaking hands with Brian Jones (Owner of A Christmas Story House) in the living room of the house just before the grand opening.

Ian Petrella (Randy) holds up his original snowsuit from A Christmas Story on display in the museum.

Ian Petrella (Randy) and Jim Morelavitz (Freight Man) reunite after 23 years. Jim took care of Ian on set during the filming and delivered the crate that held the leg lamp during the movie.

Patty Lafontaine and Drew Hocevar (The Evil Elves) at the Renaissance Hotel meet and greet.

Scotty Schwartz (Flick) holding a Bumpus hound puppy.

Scotty Schwartz (Flick) and Tedde Moore (Miss Shield) inside the front door of the house.

Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker)

Then: Before fist-fighting bullies on his quest for a BB gun as Ralphie Parker, Billingsley was a child actor in well over 100 TV commercials — including him portraying Messy Marvin for Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. As the dumb-lucked Ralphie Parker, Billingsley delieverd one of the most famous child actor performances in film history. The image of him, with glasses and a smile on his face, getting pushed down a long slide by the boot of a stern department store Santa Claus is indelible.

Now: Billingsley has acted regularly his entire life, but much of his work recently has been on the other side of the camera. After striking up a friendship with Vince Vaughn in the 1990 made-for-TV movie ‘CBS Schoolbreak Special: The Fourth Man’and subsequently friending Jon Favreau, Billingsley has gone on to produce several projects with them (‘Dinner for Five,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Four Christmases’). In 2009, he even directed his pals in the comedy ‘Couples Retreat.’ In 2010 he returned to his ‘A Christmas Story’ roots as executive director of ‘A Christmas Story The Musical.’

Darren McGavin (Mr. Parker, aka The Old Man)

Then: Until ‘A Christmas Story,’ McGavin had been known primarily for his TV acting; he played the title roles on ‘Mike Hammer’ and ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker,’ as well as a series regular on the western ‘Riverboat.’ McGavin stole scenes as the sailor-mouthed Parker pop, who was as delusional about his handiness with home appliances as he was about his own swearing, and in the end, he “heroically” buys the boy that air rifle.

Now: McGavin continued to act in movies and TV until his death in 2006 at the age of 83. The highlight of this acting career (besides playing Adam Sandler’s dad in ‘Billy Madison’) came in 1990 when McGavin was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Murphy Brown.’

Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker)

Then: Melinda Dillon played the ever-doting mother of the Parker family and the first to warn the main character that he could lose an eye with the infamous BB gun. Dillon’s most acclaimed prior performances had come in two Oscar-nominated performances, in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘Absence of Malice.’ She had also earned as a Golden Globe nomination for the Woody Guthrie biopic ‘Bound for Glory.’

Now: Dillon is largely a private person, but has continued to act. After ‘A Christmas Story,’ she appeared not only in ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ but also had a memorable role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Magnolia’ as TV game show host Jimmy Gator’s wife. She has also appeared in more than a dozen TV movies and made guest star appearance in ‘Law and Order: SVU’ and ‘Heartland.’

Ian Petrella (Randy Parker)
Then: Petrella’s acting career had begun at age three but landing the role of Ralphie’s younger brother, Randy, in ‘A Christmas Story,’ was his big break. Interestingly, while Petrella was not recognized immediately for his strong performance, two years later he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for the role.

Now: Petrella continued to act, and at 17, was the youngest member of the famous L.A. comedy troupe the Groundlings. Later, Ian discovered a love for puppetry, which he worked on and studied around the world. He also studied animation and continues cartooning to this day.

Scott Schwartz (Flick)
Then: Before being “triple dog dared” into licking a frozen flagpole as one of Ralphie’s friends, Schwartz had made his film debut in the Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason comedy ‘The Toy.’

Now: In 1987, Schwartz, with his father, began managing a sports and movie memorabilia collectibles store ingeniously named Baseball Cards – Movie Collectibles Etc. After a questionable foray into adult films in the 1990s, Schwartz returned to the collectibles business and, in 2006, started a line of celebrity-based trading cards. He still appears in the odd direct-to-video movie.

R.D. Robb (Schwartz)
Then: Robb made his acting debut in ‘A Christmas Story,’ playing Ralphie’s other friend, Schwartz. (He was involved in the “tongue stuck to the flagpole” gambit.)

Now: Robb went on to appear in several TV shows and movies, most notably ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ (as Charlie Anderson). In the past decade, Robb has transitioned to a producer role; he has half a dozen direct-to-rental features to his name. Robb’s most interesting post-‘ACS’ project was ‘Don’s Plum,’ the scandalous 1995 short film he directed, which featured Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Robb and co-producer John Schindler tried to release the short as a feature-length movie, but were blocked by a law suit from DiCaprio and Maguire.

Zack Ward (Scut Farkus)
Then: In the long list of great 1980’s bullies, Ward’s portrayal of the yellow-eyed Scut Farkus sits near the top. This role marked the Canadian born Ward’s acting debut.

Now: But it certainly did not mark the end of his career, because Zack Ward has continuously worked in TV and movies ever since. From 1983 to 2010, he appeared in 80-plus projects — he’s turned up in everything from ‘Dollhouse’ to ‘The Transformers’ to ‘Deadwood’ to ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ to ‘CSI’ and so on and so on.

Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)
Then: Born in London, England, Anaya played bully Scut Farkus’ “toadie” pal Grover, who helps antagonize Ralphie.

Now: If you’re a fan of Van Halen (and who isn’t?), you may remember Anaya as the young Michael Anthony in the music video for ‘Hot For Teacher.’ Anaya also appeared as a paperboy in ‘Better Off Dead,’ but stopped acting not long after that.

Patty Johnson (head elf), Drew Hocevar (male elf), and Jeff Gillen(Santa)
Then: In a crucial scene in the movie, the two villainous elves manhandle children waiting to sit on the lap of Santa, who then inadvertently scares the kids and shoves them down a slide (trust us, it’s funny). Hocevar and Johnson had no professional movie acting experience, but both had worked at one time or another as elves at Higbee’s, a department store in Ohio (where the film was shot). As for Gillen, he had appeared in several of director Bob Clark’s earlier movies, such as ‘Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things’ and ‘She-Man.’

Now: Like many others, Johnson, Hocevar and Gillen reached their thespian zenith with ‘A Christmas Story.’ Gillen created Great Southern Studios, a production company in North Miami Beach, Florida, and was its president until 1995, when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar continue to live in Ohio, where both are employed as teachers.

Tedde Moore (Miss Shields)

Then: Miss Shields was a good teacher, always looking out for Ralphie’s best interest and attemping, to no avail, to dissuade him from wanting the Red Ryder BB gun. The chalkboard from her classroom hangs in the House museum.

Now: As for Tedde Moore, she’s gone on to star in the sequel, ‘It Runs in the Family’ again as Ralphie’s teacher, as well as in ‘RoboCop: Prime Directives.’ She’s currently filming a movie, ‘Down the Road Again,’ in which she’ll star as Annie in 2011.

Leslie Carlson (Tree Man)

Then: Leslie Carlson popped up in ‘A Christmas Story’ as the guy who sold Christmas trees. Since trying to sell the Parkers a bum tree, he’s been a big movie and TV actor.

Now: Carlson continued to act in movies and TV until his death in 2014 at the age of 81. His biggest films were ‘Deranged’ and ‘Black Christmas.’ His television credits include ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The X-Files.’

Dwayne McLean (Black Bart)

Then: Ralphie goes into fantasy land, dreaming about his Red Ryder BB gun. Dwayne McLean was one of the bandits that he was shooting at. While it was a bit part in ‘A Christmas Story,’ by no means is McLean a small actor.

Now: In fact, he’s mainly known as a stuntman. He’s performed in ‘X-Men’ back in 2000, ‘Four Brothers’ in 2005, and ‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ in 2007, just to name a few. McLean also popped back into acting as Father McKinny in ‘The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day’ in 2009. He can been seen now in the TV series, ‘Cra$h and Burn’ as the drunk bus driver.

Jean Shepherd (writer, narrator)
Then: Jean Shepherd narrated ‘A Christmas Story,’ giving voice to the adult Ralphie Parker, which makes sense because he wrote the Christmas adventure based on semi-fictional stories from his own childhood in Hammond, Indiana. Shepherd’s screenplay includes previously released material from several of his books. Also, Shepherd knew his way around a microphone, as he had a very popular three-decade radio career, during which he told stories, read poetry and organized listener stunts.

Now: Jean Shepherd never stopped creating and delighting audiences. From 1948 onward, he put on live shows at major universities and theaters, and after ‘A Christmas Story,’ he successfully focused his efforts in television, most notably on PBS. Shepherd died in 1999 of natural causes.

Bob Clark (director)
Then: Before directing this perennial holiday classic, Bob Clark had helped pioneer two now-ubiquitous films genres: the slasher flick and the teen sex comedy. The former he touched on with the 1974 horror film ‘Black Christmas,’ and the latter with the phenomenally popular 1981 romp ‘Porky’s.’ Clark wrote, produced and directed ‘Porky’s’ as well as its not-so-memorable 1983 sequel, but ultimately he left the franchise and had no hand in the trilogy-completing ‘Porky’s Revenge.’

Now: Clark continued to direct TV shows and movies up until his untimely death in 2007. His list of credits is populated by many B-movies, and Clark was the brainchild behind the largely panned ‘Baby Geniuses’ and ‘SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.’ Bob Clark also directed a movie that has arguably the most hysterical premise ever: the 2004 made-for-TV movie ‘The Karate Dog.’

The Internet Is Just Discovering Ralphie From ‘A Christmas Story’ Stars in ‘Elf,’ and Minds Are Blown

Minds have been blown across the internet over the last week following a discovery that has been hiding in plain sight for 15 years: Peter Billingsley, the actor behind the iconic role of Ralphie in “A Christmas Story,” also appears in the Christmas movie classic “Elf.” Not only that, but he also appears in the Christmas film “Four Christmases,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.

The discovery went viral after a tweet announced Billingsley’s “Elf” role to the world, which was followed by the viral Buzzfeed article, “I Was Today Years Old When I Realized ‘Ralphie’ Was That Actor In ‘Elf.’” Of course, Billingsley hasn’t been hiding his career and anyone who found themselves on the actor’s Wikipedia page or IMDb page would’ve seen he’s been a presence in numerous Christmas films over the years.

More surprising, Billingsley is listed as an executive producer on “Iron Man,” the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which re-launched Robert Downey Jr. to superstardom. The actor also appeared in “Iron Man” as a scientist working for Jeff Bridges’ villainous Obadiah Stane.

Billingsley is a good friend of “Elf” and “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, having also co-produced Favreau’s “Zathura” and directed Favreau in “Couples Retreat.” Yes, Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” directed the 2009 destination rom-com “Couples Retreat,” starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, and Malin Akerman. Billingsley also directed Vaughn in the 2016 action drama “Term Life,” co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, and produced Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston’s rom-com classic “The Break Up,” directed by Peyton Reed.

While it may be shocking to some to realize Billingsley continues to work in Hollywood (he currently produces Netflix animated comedy series “F Is for Family”), it really is no surprise. Regardless, Ralphie will always be the actor’s most iconic role.

Today, at approximately 11:19 AM, my life changed forever when I found out this dude from Elf was also Ralphie from A Christmas Story pic.twitter.com/kBVj4fE2RV

— Pepperjack (@_jack_Schaller) November 29, 2018

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Though it’s been 36 years since it premiered, millions of people still tune in annually to the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. This nostalgic film, told through the eyes of 9-year-old Ralph “Ralphie” Parker, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, has become a cherished part of many families’ holiday traditions.

“People keep watching it over and over,” says Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie, in a previous interview with BuzzFeed. “It just doesn’t go away.”

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Looking back, none of the film’s child actors realized A Christmas Story had the potential to become as beloved a seasonal favorite as It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

“This was a small film — even the studio who made it had no faith in it,” Scott Schwartz, whose character Flick memorably gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole, exclusively tells Closer Weekly. The low-budget, 10-week shoot primarily took place in Canada.

“It looked terrific, but it was really cold — like 25 below with the wind chill,” recalls Scott. To keep warm, the boys kept heat packs in their mittens and long johns and dove into waiting cars the minute the cameras stopped rolling. “We didn’t have trailers,” Scott explains. The biting chill caused wet gloves to freeze — which added a bit of reality to a scene where Ralphie beats up his playground nemesis, Skut Farkus.

“Ralphie’s mittens slapped the bejeezus out of me,” Zack Ward, who played Skut, tells Closer with a laugh. “They were frozen solid so it was like being slapped with a frozen pork chop! The blood is fake but the bright red cheeks are mine!”

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Director Bob Clark, who fought his studio to bring A Christmas Story to the big screen, went to great lengths to create a realistic tale of growing up through the lens of 1940s nostalgia. “Bob cut out parts of the set’s floor so that the camera could get low enough to give a true child’s perspective,” remembers Zack, who calls the film’s “unapologetic honesty” one of the reasons it remains in so many hearts.

And although A Christmas Story takes place in December, the film transcends the holiday season. “It’s a family movie that’s about a relationship between a father and a son,” says Scott. “It’s also a multigenerational film; if you’re 6 or you’re 78, it doesn’t matter.”

It crosses other boundaries, like nationality and religion. “I know a lot of Jewish and Muslim people who love the movie,” notes Zack. “It connects to people because the movie isn’t about getting a BB gun, it’s about earning your father’s respect.”

In the years since its 1983 release, the film has only grown more popular. Scott notes that a life-size statue of his character Flick with his tongue stuck to a flagpole stands in Hammond, Indiana — the hometown of author Jean Shepherd, upon whose novel A Christmas Story is based.

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“There’s bronzed statues of actors around the world, but I’m one of them,” he says. Zack also remains grateful to have been a part of the holiday flick.

“My favorite memory was seeing the exterior of the house on Cleveland Street in Ohio. Every other house on the street had brown, dead grass, but one was covered in fake snow and fake icicles. It was really breathtaking — the beautiful, perfect, snow-covered house and glistening icicles. You realize that’s all made magic.”

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Here’s What The Cast Of ‘A Christmas Story’ Has Been Up To Since The Film Came Out

There’s a reason why TBS plays the 1983 film A Christmas Story on a 24-hour loop every December; it effortlessly captures the excitement felt by children and families everywhere around the holiday season! Considering the success and ubiquity of the film, it’s safe to say that you’re more than familiar with all of its characters by now.

But did you know that many of the actors who played them have since left the acting world in pursuit of other careers? Here’s what they’ve been up to since shooting the film all those years ago. It’s safe to say they’ve been doing more than praying for a Red Ryder BB gun…

The 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story has more than earned its place as one of the most played movies around the holidays each year. Not only is it funny and full of nostalgia, but it accurately captures the anticipation and excitement surrounding Christmas for children everywhere.

While the film has become a global hit, many people don’t know what happened to all the actors since it was released. That’s why we’ve done the work for you and figured out exactly what they’ve been up to all these years…

1. Randy (Ian Petrella): As Ralphie’s younger brother, Randy is easily one of the most memorable characters from this film. He practically became the poster boy for mothers everywhere who felt compelled to overdress their children for the winter.

Since the film, Ian Petrella moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where the interior and exterior scenes of the house were filmed. The home was later turned into a tourist attraction, and in 2011, Petrella even acted as a guest tour guide.

2. Scut Farkus (Zack Ward): No one will ever be able to forget the raccoon hat-wearing bully who, quite literally, made Ralphie’s walk to school a living hell every single day. But what’s the actor who played him been up to since?

Since starring in the infamous role, Zack Ward has gone on to make guest appearances on television shows, like American Horror Story. He also recently revealed in an interview that he still receives royalty checks from A Christmas Story, totaling roughly $1,800 every two years.

3. Mrs. Parker (Melinda Dillon): Most people don’t know that prior to starring in A Christmas Story as Ralphie and Randy’s sweet but cooky mother, Melinda Dillon was already an accomplished actress. She’d won a Tony award and was even nominated for two Oscars!

That helps explain why she’s had a rather successful, albeit quiet, career since. Just a few short years later she starred in Harry and the Hendersons, Magnolia, and she’s even gone on to make an appearance on Law and Order: SVU.

4. Mr. Parker/The Old Man (Darren McGavin): How could anyone forget Ralphie’s stern father who not only introduced the world to the unforgettable leg lamp, but who also simultaneously taught us that “fragile” is an Italian word pronounced “fra-gee-lay?”

Since A Christmas Story, Darren McGavin’s gone on to star in films like Dead Heat and Billy Madison. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 from cardiovascular disease at the age of 83.

5. Flick (Scott Schwartz): If there’s one thing everyone who has ever seen A Christmas Story remembers about the film, it’s when Flick is triple-dog-dared by his classmate to place his tongue on a pole in the freezing cold. In the process, it becomes stuck.

Luckily for Scott Schwartz, his character eventually managed to free his tongue from the pole. From there, he eventually landed himself a number roles in adult films before appearing in a TV movie called Vape Warz as a Disco City hot dog vendor.

6. Grover Dill (Yano Anaya): Grover undeniably made Ralphie’s life at school quite miserable as the newsie hat- and leather jacket-wearing sidekick and lackey to school bully Scott Farkus.

Yano Anaya has put some of that muscle to use, as he now works as a personal trainer. He also makes appearances at A Christmas Story conventions around the globe to meet and greet fans of the film.

7. Ralphie (Peter Billingsley): For as familiar a character as Ralphie is in A Christmas Story, you might be surprised to realize that he only has a few lines in the entire film. That’s because the majority of his lines were recorded via narration.

Since appearing in this Christmas classic, he’s gone on to star in several other holiday films. Among these are roles in Elf and Four Christmases. He’s also produced a number of movies, including the Marvel blockbuster Iron Man.

8. Schwartz (R.D. Robb): As the character who triple-dog-dared Flick to stick his tongue to the freezing cold pole, Schwartz was cemented in the unofficial hall of fame for horrific acts of peer pressure by children in film.

Since daring his way into those ranks, R.D. Robb appeared in several other flicks, including The Brady Bunch Movie and Matilda. He also starred in a number of television roles like Touched By An Angel, ER, and The Goldbergs.

9. Miss Shields (Tedde Moore): As a sweet and caring teacher, Miss Shields’ main goal was to teach Ralphie’s class about theme writing. This, of course, led to Ralphie’s hilarious daydreaming sequence…

Tedde Moore was the only member of the cast to also appear 1994’s My Summer Story, a little-remembered sequel to A Christmas Story. She also appeared the films RoboCop: Prime Directive and High-Rise Rescue.

Did you know that the cast of A Christmas Story appeared in so many other acting roles? Keep an eye out for them the next time you’re watching one of their new films.

The weather forecast calls for heavy snow in Huntington next weekend and temperatures so cold, someone’s tongue might stick to a metal pole.

Before you go back in the closet for your boots and parka, that polar vortex will be taking place on screen at Cinema Arts Centre where the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” will be presented at 10 p.m. Saturday as part of the theater’s Cult Cafe series. Making the event even merrier will be an appearance by special guest Scott Schwartz, who played “Flick,” the kid whose tongue got frozen to a metal pole in the schoolyard. Tickets for the screening are $15.

Get there early and you can meet Schwartz, who’ll be on hand at 9 p.m. to sign photos and other merchandise as well as to chat with fans. In addition, early birds will get a free mix CD as a special gift, and there will also be noshes, wine and $5 craft beers for sale.

We triple dare … no, we triple dog dare you to stay away.

By Daniel Bubbeo [email protected] @dbubbeo1014

Daniel Bubbeo is an assistant entertainment editor and has been with Newsday since 2000. He edits Long Island arts and technology coverage.