Randy Comes Home!

A Christmas Story House will have a special guest this summer.  Actor Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy will “come home” to live in A Christmas Story House and serve as its tour guide during the months of July and August.  Ian will serve as a special tour guide interacting with visitors and recounting his firsthand experiences at the house during the filming of the movie in 1983.

Fans of the movie will remember little brother Randy for his I-can’t-put-my-arms-down snowsuit, his role as Mommy’s little piggy and his hiding place under the sink when “Daddy’s going to kill Ralphie!” In fact if you don’t see Ian when you first enter the house look in his favorite hiding place – under the kitchen sink.

Ian, now 35 lives in Pasedena, California (when not living at A Christmas Story House).  While only eight years old during the filming of the movie he remembers the experience vividly and fondly. Since leaving acting Ian has pursued a career inpuppetry and animation. An early supporter of A Christmas Story House, Ian was the first to loan some of his personal items from the movie to the museum, participated in the grand opening of the house and has returned to Cleveland several times to appear at A Christmas Story conventions and other house-related events.

In addition to giving tours, Ian also will write a blog on this site about his experiences living in A Christmas Story House.

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