Peter Billingsley

Peter Billingsley

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Updated On September 27, 2022

Peter Billingsley is a popular American actor, producer, and director. Peter Billingsley started his career as a child artist, later starring in numerous TV commercials and movies.

Early Life and Education

Peter Michaelsen was born on April 16th, 1971. At present, he is 51 years old and his birth sign is Aries. This person’s birthplace is New York City, New York, USA. Peter is also known as Peter Billingsley-Michaelsen or Peter Michaelsen. Moreover, his father, Alwin Michaelsen, is a financial consultant, whereas his mother, Gail, was once Alwin’s secretary.

Peter has four siblings, all of whom have had minor stints as child actors. Dina and Win Billingsley had the briefest acting careers. However, his older sister, Melissa Michaelsen, and his brother Neil Billingsley continued working in the industry.

This personalty received his early childhood education from a combination of tutors, public schools, and private institutions, Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Longview Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona.

And, he eventually passed his California High School Proficiency Exam at the age of 14. Peter seems to have also attended some public secondary schools following the GED, including Arcadia High School.

Peter Billingsley

Caption: Peter Billingsley’s childhood picture. Source: Imgflip


This actor’s first acting role was as a two-year-old in a Geritol commercial with Betty Buckley playing his mom. Therefore, he went on to star in about 120 television advertisements throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. At the age of 12, this personality was quoted as saying;

“After 100 [commercials], you lose count.”

Peter was famous for a series of commercials for Hershey’s chocolate syrup in which he portrayed the character Messy Marvin. Moreover, one of his earliest film roles was in 1978’s If Ever I See You Again, written and directed by Joseph Brooks. Similarly, his role in 1981’s Paternity opposite Burt Reynolds earned a nomination for “Best Young Comedian – Motion Picture or Television” at the Young Artist Awards.

In the year 1981, he appeared in Honky Tonk Freeway. Likewise, in 1982, he starred in several features, including Death Valley, Massarati and the Brain, and Memories Never Die. Further, this actor had a featured guest role as Gideon Hale on Little House on the Prairie and began a three-year stint as a co-host on NBC’s popular Real People.

For that, he earned another Young Artist Award nomination. And, also hosted a two-episode offshoot of the show called Real Kids. Moreover, in the year 1983, he starred in A Christmas Story, ‘In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.’ The film earned Peter another Young Artist Award nomination and is possibly the one role with which Peter is most associated.

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Caption: Peter Billingsley in ‘A Christmas Story’. Source: Lehren


Likewise, in the year 1984, this actor starred in an adaptation of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, a special Thanksgiving episode of the PBS series WonderWorks. Peter appeared on a “Super Teen” special edition of Family Feud, and on Celebrity Hot Potato. Moreover, as the late 1980s approached, his acting career slowed.

Peter made guest appearances on Who’s The Boss?, The Wonder Years, Punky Brewster, Highway To Heaven, The Dirt Bike Kid, Carly’s Web, Russkies, and Beverly Hills Brats. For his work in The Dirt Bike Kid, he won a Young Artist Award. Likewise, the early 1990s had him tackling older roles such as a would-be athlete who gets hooked on steroids in the CBS Schoolbreak Special The Fourth Man.

Therefore, on that project, Peter formed a close friendship with Vince Vaughn. Moreover, his next Schoolbreak Special appearance was in The Writing on the Wall. Peter was nominated for an Emmy Award for this role. Similarly, the most rewarding of his later film acting assignments was Arcade (1993).

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Caption: Peter Billingsley in ‘Arcade’. Source: Ancient

More about his career

Peter made some career decisions and started working behind the scenes more. Moreover, Known as Peter Michaelsen, he was assistant editor on Knights. In the year 1994, he starred in, wrote, and directed the short film The Sacred Fire, and was credited as Peter Michaelsen in the executive producer function. And, this film won an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films’ Golden Scroll Award.

Moreover, his career behind the scenes continued, including work on The Discovery Channel’s A.R.K.: The New Adventures of Animal Rescue Kids, The X Show, Patriot Son, Made, and Elf, in which he has a cameo appearance. In the year 2001, Peter was nominated for an Emmy Award as co-executive producer for the show Dinner for Five. Likewise, in the year 2005, he helped produce the movie Zathura.

Further, this personality was an executive producer for the Universal Pictures production The Break-Up. He worked as executive producer on director Favreau’s Iron Man feature film and he reprised the role later in 2019 in the film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Peter released a CD titled Christmas Stories…Christmas Songs on Run For Cover Records in the year 1999 with his longtime friend Brian Evans. This personality also signed on as executive producer of a musical adaptation of A Christmas Story that opened in Seattle in December 2010.

Personal Life

This personality has managed to keep his life away from the media. However, for a long time, he was rumored to be gay, as there was not enough information on his personal life. But, the rumors died down when in 2015, ‘US Weekly’ reported he was engaged to his girlfriend, Buffy Bains. However, this information was not confirmed by either of them. Sadly, there was no news of their marriage after that.

Body Measurements

This actor is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 79 kilos. Peter has a pair of blue eyes and blonde hair. Sadly, his other body stats include chest-waist-hip measurement, dress size, and biceps size. shoe size, etc are unknown. However, he stays healthy and fit.

Peter Billingsley

Caption: Peter Billingsley clicking a photo. Source: Best

Social Media and Net Worth

Peter is only active on Twitter. He goes under the username ‘@OfficialPeterB’ and has over 5K followers.

This amazing actor has a net worth of $12 million. His acting, directing, and producing ventures have made Peter earn a handful amount of money throughout the year.

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