Where They At? Peter Billingsley

    November 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

    To keep track of all the people who have arrived on the scene with a massive explosion only to disappear and possibly never be heard from again, EgoTV presents “Where they At?”, a status update of where those people have done since the limelight has faded.

    Today’s Subject: Peter Billingsley

    How It All Started: Billingsley’s first acting role was as a two-year-old in a Geritol commercial. He went on to star in about 120 TV ads throughout the 1970s and early 80s. He best known for a series of commercials for Hershey’s chocolate syrup in which he portrayed the popular character Messy Marvin. One of Billingsley’s earliest film roles was If Ever I See You Again (film) and his role in Paternity opposite Burt Reynolds earned a nomination for “Best Young Comedian – Motion Picture or Television” at The Young Artist Awards. In 1983, Billingsley won the role of Ralpie in the movie “A Christmas Story.” Although it didn’t do well in the theaters, the movie built a huge following and is now considered one of the classic Christmas movies of all time.

    Where is he at? Billingsley took minor roles throughout his teens and early 20’s, his most important as a would-be jock who gets hooked on steroids in the CBS Schoolbreak Special The Fourth Man where he formed a close friendship with another young actor named Vince Vaughn. Billingsley soon became interested in the work that went on behind the camera and took on jobs as assistant editor and then director. He was an executive producer for the The Break-Up starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn (Billingsley also appears in the movie) and he served as executive producer on director (and close friend) Jon Favreau’s film Iron Man.

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