Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ian Petrella who played Randy Parker, Ralphie's little brother in "A Christmas Story"

Ian Petrella was born in December 1974 in Los Angeles, California. He is best remembered for playing the role of Randy Parker, Ralphie's little brother who wore the snow suit in the Holiday classic "A Christmas Story". 

Ian Petrella (Randy Parker) in "A Christmas Story" 1983
Ian Petrella (Randy Parker) runs from Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) in a scene from "A Christmas Story" 1983

Ian began acting when he was three years old starring in a few television commercials.  He got his start in films landing a role in "A Christmas Story" in 1983.  He co-starred with Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker), Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker), Darren McGavin (Mr. Parker aka The Old Man), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Scott Schwartz (Flick), and Zack Ward (Farkus).  The story involved Ralphie's quest to get a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. However, he kept being told "You'll shoot your eye out kid".  We mostly remember Ian's character Randy running around in an oversized snowsuit that when he fell down, he could not get back up again.

Ian Petrella (Randy Parker) in "A Christmas Story" 1983
Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker), and Scott Schwartz (Flick) about to be terrorized by Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) in a scene from "A Christmas Story"

The Parker family from "A Christmas Story" Peter Billingsley (Ralphie), bottom middle: Darren McGavin (Mr. Billingsley), top middle: Ian Petrella (Randy), Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker)

After "A Christmas Story", Ian starred in "Crimes of Passion" co-starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Bruce Davison, Annie Potts, Terry Hoyos, and Anthony Perkins (1984).  This would be the last film that Ian would star in.

Ian Petrella then

Ian then guest starred on many TV shows such as "Diff'rent Strokes" starring Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, and Dana Plato (1986); "Who's the Boss?" starring  Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond (1987); "Mr. President" starring George C. Scott, Maddie Corman, Conrad Bain, Andre Gower, and Madeline Kahn (1987);  "Once a Hero" starring Josh Blake, Jeff Lester and Caitlin Clarke (1987); "My Sister Sam" starring Pam Dawber, Jenny O'Hara , David Naughton, Joel Brooks, and Rebecca Schaeffer (1987); and "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring
Mario López, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Tiffani Thiessen (1991).

Ian Petrella in 2006
Ian Petrella today

In 2008 Petrella produced the documentary "The Untold Christmas Story" and after an eighteen year hiatus from acting, Ian appeared in the show "Crafty" starring Jon Donahue, Morgan Mead and Chad Cleven (2009).

Recently, Petrella has focused on working in the field of animation and puppetry in Los Angeles, California.

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