Christmas Story' Bully Was in Van Halen's 'Hot For Teacher'

BY John fenster

Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" video will change your perspective. Child actor played Grover Dill in A Christmas Story, then starred as young Michael Anthony on MTV.

A Christmas Story was released in November 1983 and became a holiday classic with yearly marathons on cable TV. 

Hot For Teacher" was the last single from 1984, released about a year later. 

The music video shows Van Halen in a grade school with child actors who resemble them.

Yano Anaya, fresh from his success, received an audition call. Van Halen was one of my favorite bands, he said. I was really excited. 

Anaya resembled a mini Brian Johnson from AC/DC in A Christmas Story and reprised the role in the 2022 sequel. 

Anaya gained a fanbase in just six days on set. People smile at me everywhere, as if we've known each other forever.

Zack Ward, who played Farkus in A Christmas Story, said he and Anaya were isolated during filming. 

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