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"A Christmas Story" cast: Where are they now?

Updated 11:48 PM ET, Tue December 24, 2013
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Believe it or not, it's been three decades since the world could fully grasp the fear that a BB gun might "shoot your eye out kid." With the 30th anniversary of the holiday cult classic "A Christmas Story," we look back at what has happened to some of the stars since the film first premiered. MGM
Peter Billingsley was just 12 when he starred as Ralphie in the beloved film. He now works behind the scenes as a producer for films such as "Iron Man" and "The Break-Up" - the latter via a production company he formed with that film's star, Vince Vaughn. He recently told BuzzFeed he enjoys the movie that made him a star: "It took me a while to appreciate it as a film," he says. "But I watch it now and go, you know what, that's a damn good director. I can say without ego it's a pretty good performance. It's a good story. It's a good script. It's a well-made movie." MGM/Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Melinda Dillon stars as the doting mother in the film and continued to act afterward, snagging roles in "The Hendersons," "Law & Order: SVU" and as Rose Gator in the acclaimed film "Magnolia." MGM/Peter Sorel/New Line Cinema
Darren McGavin was gruff as The Old Man Parker. Before the film, he was known for starring in "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" but later made a career playing dads as he did in the film "Billy Madison" and on the television series "Murphy Brown." He died in 2006 at 83. MGM/Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
Ian Petrella stayed bundled up as the little brother, Randy, in "A Christmas Story." He continued to act into his teens and now reportedly works in animation. MGM/Bobby Bank/WireImage
Scott Schwartz moved on from playing Flick to starring in the classic film "The Toy." He made headlines in the '90s when it was revealed that he appeared in some porn films. He recently said in an interview that he now works with his father in the collectibles and memorabilia industry. MGM/Jason Merritt/Getty Images
R.D. Robb stars as Schwartz in the movie and has since appeared in films such as "The Brady Bunch Bunch Movie" and "Eight Days a Week." He has also produced films including "What Goes Up" and "Triple Dog." MGM/IMDB/Getty Images
Zack Ward didn't win much love as the bully Scut Farkus. In 2012, the actor settled a suit over the use of his image and said he was bullied in real life. He has had small roles in "CSI: NY" and "Transformers." MGM/Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Tedde Moore plays Miss Shields in "A Christmas Story" and has worked in the industry for more than 50 years. She most recently appeared in the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys." MGM/IMDB
The leg lamp continues to thrive. Fan Brian Jones purchased the original "A Christmas Story" house in 2005 and transformed it into a museum. He also began selling replicas of the infamous lamp made like a woman's leg in a fishnet stocking and covered with a lampshade. Lamps can now be purchased at RedRiderLegLamps.com. RedRiderLegLamps.com