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"Christmas Story" actor, Billingsley-Michaelsen, finds man dead in Gold Coast hotel

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The actor best known for his role in the now-classic movie A Christmas Story is reportedly the same man who called Chicago police to report a man dead in a local hotel.

The hotel is located in the exclusive Gold Coast area of north Chicago. The name of the hotel is the Millennium Knickerbocker hotel and that is where, reportedly, the body of a 42-year-old man from Los Angeles was found dead on Saturday night. The person who found him is reportedly actor Peter Billingsley-Michaelsen, the former child actor known for the perennial Christmas movie.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Billingsley-Michaelsen was supposed to be meeting with the man on Saturday night when he found his body. The man who was found dead was the actual guest at the hotel. Billingsley-Michaselsen was the one who reportedly called police to report the body.

So far, the Chicago Police Department has not released any information about the incident or what might have happened. There has been no statement as to any theories as to why the man was dead or what might have happened. Also, no one is currently in custody over the incident.

Billingsley-Michaselsen is famous for his role in the movie A Christmas Story which was released back in 1983. He played the man character, Ralphie, the young boy who pines to own a Red Rider BB gun. The movie was released to critical acclaim and mild box office tallies when it was first released. Since then, however, it has become an annual favorite on cable television and a now-classic holiday film.

No one from Billingsley-Michaselsen’s camp has released an official statement about the incident in the hotel as of Monday morning.

UPDATE: Chicago media reports continue to provide information about this story. It turns out that the person Billingsley-Michaelsen was going to visit at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel was musician John O'Brien, age 42. Billingsley-Michaelsen found O'Brien lying unresponsive on the bed in his hotel room. The initial guess is that O'Brien died from a drug overdose. However, police were quick to point out that all causes of death are waiting for the results of a toxicology report.

Billingsley-Michaelsen has become a big-deal Hollywood producer since his days as a child actor. He and O'Brien had worked together on several films in the past and they were meeting to discuss a new project on Saturday.

O'Brien was last seen alive when he was dropped off at the hotel on Saturday night by his friends. He is originally from Los Angeles.

O'Brien also had a successful career providing music for various movies, many made by Billingsley-Michaelsen and Vince Vaughan, a Chicago native. His music has appeared in movies such as Made, Elf, Four Christmases, and The Break-Up.

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