WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Subject: Scut Farkus from A Christmas Story
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.