Cast and Crew

Director – Bob Clark III


Director Bob Clark (above right) played a cameo role as the dim witted neighbor Swede who inquires about the Old Man’s (Darren McGavin) “Major Award”

-Biography: August 05, 1941 – April 04, 2007 -New Orleans, LA.  Bejamin “Bob” Clark began making independent low-budget features as a writer/director with the transvestite comedy The She Man in 1967, and is fondly remembered for his horror films of the early ’70s, made with writer/actor Alan Ormsby: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things and Deathdream. Clark also won admiration for his Sherlock Holmes film Murder By Decree, scripted by John Hopkins.

Clark then branched out as a competent helmer of a wide variety of genres, mostly from his own original stories. His films include the atmospheric, imaginative period thriller, “Murder By Decree” (1979), in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper, the film version of the sentimental father-son stage drama “Tribute” (1980) and the semi-autobiographical, smarmy but high grossing hit comedies, “Porky’s” (1981) and “Porky’s II–The Next Day” (1983). Clark is perhaps best-known for the now classic holiday-themed “A Christmas Story” (1983).

Bob Clark was killed along with his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, in a head-on crash with a vehicle that steered into the wrong lane.  The driver fo the other car was found guilty of driving without a license while intoxicated.

Author - Jean Shepherd

Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story author Jean Shepherd (above left) played a cameo role as the angry gentleman who tells Ralphie “The line ends here! It begins there!”

-Biography: July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999 – South Chicago, IL.  Raised in Hammond Indiana, Jean Shepherd also known simply as Shep went on to work in the steel mills and was a veteran of the Army Signal Corps before entering the arts. In the 1950s, he began a long career as a radio personality telling stories of his youth, commenting on current topics and performing silly songs. While at WOR-AM in New York he also broadcast live night club acts from the Limelight in Greenwich Village. He wrote for Playboy and other magazines. His articles were published in a series of books including “The America of George Ade”, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, and Other Disasters”, “A Fistful of Fig Newtons” and “The Ferrari in the Bedroom”. During the 1970s he did two series of humorous programs as well as several “American Playhouse” episodes for PBS. In 1983 he wrote his first feature film, “A Christmas Story” putting together many tales of his semi-autobiographical character “Ralphie”. A sequel, “My Summer Story” (AKA “It Runs in the Family”) was made in 1994.      To find out more about Jean Shepherd visit  FlickLives.com

The Star – Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker

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-Biography: April 16, 1971 – New York, NY.  Prior to “A Christmas Story,” Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie, gained fame as a correspondent for the variety show “Real People.” He also played Messy Marvin in Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup commercials. After a waining child acting career Peter made the move behind the camera and is now a producer often working with his close friends Vince Vaugh and John Favreau.  His recent credits as a producer include: Iron Man and The Break Up.  He often appears in cameo roles in the movies he produces.  He directed his first movie Couples Retreat in 2008.

Peter tells how he met long time friend Vince Vaughn. The two have collaborated on a number of Hollywood projects since meeting on the set of an after school special titled “The Fourth Man”



Peter Billingsley pre-Ralphie as Messy Marvin

The Old Man – Darren McGavin

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-Biography: May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006 – San Joaquin, CA.  Darren McGavin who’s birth name was William Lyle Richardson was a remarkably seasoned actor of stage, screen and television, Darren McGavin notched in excess of 200 performances; however, he is most fondly remembered by cult TV fans as heroic newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in the classic but short-lived horror TV series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (1974). In a long and varied career, McGavin has often turned up as authority figures including policemen, military officers, stern-faced business executives or father figures; however, he is equally adept at light-hearted comedic performances.  He was the second choice to play The Old Man in “A Christmas Story” behind Jack Nicholson.  According to IMDB.com McGavin’s salary for the role was $2,000,000.

The Entire Cast

Melinda Dillon …
Darren McGavin …
Peter Billingsley …
Ian Petrella …
Scott Schwartz …
R.D. Robb …
Tedde Moore …
Yano Anaya …
Zack Ward …
Jeff Gillen …
Colin Fox …
Paul Hubbard …
Leslie Carlson …
Jim Hunter …
Patty Johnson …
Drew Hocevar …
David Svoboda …
Dwayne McLean …
Helen E. Kaider …
John Wong …
Johan Wong …
Fred Lee …
Dan Ma …
Rocco Bellusci …
Tommy Wallace …
Jean Shepherd …
Bob Clark …
Bill Kravitz …
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio …
Christine Powrie …
Mrs. Parker
Mr. Parker
Ralphie Parker
Randy Parker
Flick
Schwartz
Miss Shields
Grover Dill
Scut Farkus
Santa Claus
Ming the Merciless
Flash Gordon
Tree Man (as Les Carlson)
Freight Man
Head Elf
Male Elf
Goggles
Black Bart
Wicked Witch
Chop Suey Palace Owner
Waiter #1
Waiter #2
Waiter #3
Street Kid
Boy in School
Narrator, Man in Line for Santa, Voice of Santa
Swede (uncredited)
Billy (uncredited)
Boy Visiting Santa (uncredited)
Screaming Girl On Slide After Ralphie (uncredited)