WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Sub­ject: Scut Farkus from A Christ­mas Story

Richmond Hill Post - - The 905 -

Around this time of year, fam­i­lies gather around the TV to watch hol­i­day clas­sics from White Christ­mas and It’s a Won­der­ful Life to Elf. One such clas­sic was promi­nently made in the Toronto area: A Christ­mas Story.

Although Toronto and area subbed in for an Amer­i­can city, as is the norm, we’re happy to take credit for this mem­o­rable hol­i­day flick.

Most of the prin­ci­pal ac­tors are Amer­i­can, but one cru­cial char­ac­ter, the de­spi­ca­ble Scut Farkus, is a home­town kid.

The story re­volves around the be­speck­led young­ster Ral­phie and his quest for the ul­ti­mate Christ­mas pre­sent: a Red Ry­der BB ri­fle. But, he has a few hic­cups along the way, in­clud­ing a mem­o­rable run-in with the lo­cal bully, Scut, who tor­ments the young­ster un­til Ral­phie snaps and lays a whoop­ing on him.

Scut is played by Toronto ac­tor Zack Ward, in his first film role.

Ward, a prod­uct of North­ern Se­condary School, went on to ad­di­tional roles in a steady stream of film and TV projects, in­clud­ing re­cent guest spots on Hawaii Five-0 and CSI: Mi­ami.

But, as a tes­ta­ment to the im­mense pop­u­lar­ity of A Christ­mas Story, Ward is still best known for his per­for­mance as Scut. His celebrity has been put to good use re­cently, with an Indiegogo cam­paign to raise funds to make a free app called Fark-O-Vi­sion that will in turn raise funds for bully preven­tion pro­grams. Go to Zack­ward.me for de­tails.

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