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10 Child Stars Who Grew Up Just Fine


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Peter Billingsley
Peter Billingsley ringing the NASDAQ opening bell on December 13, 2013 in New York City. © Rob Kim/Getty Images
Peter Billingsley ringing the NASDAQ opening bell on December 13, 2013 in New York City. © Rob Kim/Getty Images

When he was just a toddler, Peter Billingsley's baby blues landed him a Geritol commercial, his first on-screen job. But you and I know him best in his role as Ralphie in the 1983 holiday classic "A Christmas Story." He's continued to work in the business as an adult, directing and producing (and sometimes acting, including uncredited roles such as his work as an elf in "Elf") movies including "Iron Man," "Four Christmases," "The Break-Up" and "Couples Retreat" -- his collaboration with Vince Vaughn is no coincidence, as the two became friends when they both acted in the 1990 made-for-TV "CBS Schoolbreak Special: The Fourth Man".

Billingsley credits his upbringing in Phoenix, Ariz. rather than Hollywood as well as his parents' involvement in his work for his non-scandalous transition from kid star to the working Hollywood star of today.