Five cast members from the holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” will be in North Tonawanda on Saturday for a 30th anniversary screening of the film. Here’s how you may remember them and what they look like today.
You know him as Ralphie’s little brother, Randy Parker. He hates meatloaf but chows it down when Ma Parker asks him to show her “how the piggies eat.”
Today, he lives in Los Angeles, working in puppetry and animation and living with his dog Orwell, a shepherd mix he found while visiting the restored “A Christmas Story” house in Cleveland. He moderates a Randy Parker Facebook page with about 2,500 followers.
As the bully Scut Farkus, he had, “yellow eyes! So help me God, yellow eyes.” He tortures Ralphie and his friends but eventually gets what’s coming to him.
Ward, a Toronto native, has a long list of film and television credits, including parts in the blockbusters “Transformers” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.” His most notable role was that of Dave Scouvel, the mellow half-brother of the title character in the Fox comedy “Titus.”
As Farkus’ “crummy little toady,” Grover Dill, he was “mean. Rotten. His lips curled over his green teeth.”
In addition to Grover Dill, you may have spotted him in another iconic role as the paperboy in the John Cusack cult hit “Better Off Dead” – the one chanting, “I want my two dollars!” Today he is director of education at a wellness center in Atlanta.
As Ralphie’s friend Flick, he insists a tongue won’t stick to frozen metal. When another friend triple-dog dares him to try it for himself, he has no choice but to find out the hard way that he’s wrong.
Schwartz co-starred with Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason as a spoiled rich kid in the 1982 film “The Toy.” Since then, he has created more buzz for his work in the adult film industry both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. He now manages a sports and movie memorabilia collectibles store in California.
As an angry department store elf, she not-so-delicately ushers children on and off of Santa Claus’ lap, admonishing Randy to “quit draggin’ your feet!” and rushing Ralphie to “get going!” when he gets tongue-tied delivering his BB gun request to Santa.
Today she is a personal trainer and fitness instructor and teaches movement and acting classes to children with special needs.
The fire truck
The 1938 Ford La-France shows up at Ralphie’s school to remove Flick’s tongue from an icy flagpole.
Today, the fully restored truck is kept at the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Association on Banting Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ont.