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OTRC: Peter Billingsley returns to 'Christmas Story' roots

Ever wonder what happened to Peter Billingsley, who played little Ralphie Parker in the 1983 comedy film "A Christmas Story"?

The 39-year-old former child star is now a producer of a stage musical in Seattle that is based on the movie. The performances at the 5th Avenue Theatre are set to run until December 30 (get tickets here). The musical was also shown in Kansas City, Missouri in 2009.

Billingsley said in a recent "Nightline" interview that he still gets recognized and approached because of his role in "A Christmas Story". He was 12 at the time of filming.

"I guess I look somewhat the same," he said. "People ask me, were the the glasses a prop?' They're for real. I was born with not good eyes. I still wear contacts and I need reading glasses. I've never really been able to see."

In "A Christmas Story", which is set in the 1940s, Ralphie tries to convince his parents, teachers and Santa Claus that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift while dealing with an annoying younger brother, a bully, his neighbor's dogs and more.

Billingsley has continued to act and has appeared in movies such "Four Christmases" and "Iron Man" in 2008 and "The Break-Up" in 2006.

"'A Christmas Story' has always meant a lot to me personally and to audiences worldwide," Billingsley said about the musical, in a statement carried by Playbill.com."I'm excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the exciting ingredients that become available in the world of musicals. Just think about the idea of a Leg Lamp Kickline!"

Check out Peter Billingsley's interview on "Nightline".

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