'A Christmas Story' Star Finds Man Dead in Hotel

Police say it appears the man died of a drug overdose

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 1:41 PM CDT
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'A Christmas Story' Star Finds Body in Hotel

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Peter Billingsley-Michaelsen

A famous actor on Saturday found a 42-year-old Los Angeles man dead of an apparent drug overdose in Chicago’s Knickerbocker Hotel.

Police say actor Peter Billingsley-Michaelsen found John O’Brien dead at the hotel around 5:25 p.m. Saturday and called 911. 

O’Brien was last seen when he was dropped off at the hotel around 4:50 a.m. Saturday. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said he was dead when police arrived.

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel is located at 163 E. Walton St., in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

Billingsley-Michaelsen starred as Ralphie in the 1983 Christmas classic, "A Christmas Story."

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