Zack Ward is a Canadian actor, who gained fame for portraying the characters of Dave Scovil in ‘Titus’ and Scut Farkus in ‘A Christmas Story’. He made his entry into the world of acting at a very young age. Since then he has gone on to have a sterling career in TV and movies. Some of Zack Ward’s best movies are ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘Freddy vs. Jason’, ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’, and ‘Transformers’. Although he never managed to make his mark as a leading actor, he has become a bankable star through his talent and hard work. Ward has been a regular on TV, appearing on several top-rated shows. These include ‘Friday the 13th: The Series’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘Deadwood’, ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, and ‘American Horror Story: Cult’. He is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded the movie production company ‘Grit Film Works’. Furthermore, he is the CEO of ‘Global Sports Financial Exchange’.
Zack Ward’s mother Pam was an actress and never wanted him to follow in her footsteps. Supported by his brother, Zack Ward started auditioning for and appearing in several small uncredited roles. This all changed when he went to audition for a part in the classic ‘A Christmas Story’ (1983). Although initially cast as the sidekick Grover Dill, he was later given the main villain’s role of Scut Farkus. The role unveiled Zack’s talents to the industry. Since then there has been no looking back.
In 1985, Zack Ward received his second major role as Moody Spurgeon in the TV series ‘Anne of Green Gables’ (1985). He also reprised the character the same year in the movie adaptation and then in the TV mini-series ‘Anne of Avonlea’ (1987). After that he starred in the TV movie ‘Taking Care of Terrific’ (1987). He also appeared in a number of popular TV shows like, ‘Friday the 13th: The Series’ (1988) and ‘Forever Knight’ (1992), etc. However, he struggled to be cast in mainstream movies. He co-starred in movies like ‘The Club’ (1994), ‘Wild America’ (1997), and ‘How to Make the Cruelest Month’ (1998), etc. Unfortunately, they tanked at the box office.
In spite of the disappointment, Zack Ward continued on his upward trajectory on TV. It started with his stellar outing as Jerry in the episode ‘Dirty Laundry’ of the series ‘NYPD Blue’ (1995). He would return to the series again in 1998, to portray Dan Ever in the episode ‘Top Gum’. He went on to deliver eye-catching performances in episodes of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ (1997), ‘JAG’ (1998), and the mini-series ‘Atomic Train’ (1999). In 2000, he reprised his fan-favorite role of Moody Spurgeon in ‘Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story’. However, the mini-series was lambasted by critics and audiences alike.
Subsequently, Zack Ward landed his most famous role of Dave Scouvel in the dark comedy series ‘Titus’ (2000 - 2002). The show ran for 54 episodes and was a massive hit. In 2003, Ward was cast as Bobby Davis in the hit movie ‘Freddy vs. Jason’. He followed that up with another hit in ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ (2004). However, in the next few years, he co-starred in several critical and commercial flops like, ‘Hollywood Kills’ (2006) and ‘Moving McAllister’ (2007). He portrayed the character of First Sgt. Donnelly in the blockbuster ‘Transformers’ (2007). The movie made more than US $709 million at the box office.
Zack Ward has also appeared in several top-rated shows like, ‘Deadwood’ (2004 – 2005) and ‘All of Us’ (2005). He has earned critical acclaim for his performance in the movie ‘L.A. Twister’ (2004). His other notable TV roles were in ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ (2008), ‘Dollhouse’ (2009 – 2010), and ‘CSI: Miami’ & ‘CSI: NY’ in 2012.
In more recent years, he has turned producer, director after founding ‘Grit Film Works’. He has produced and starred in ‘Don’t Blink’ (2014) and ‘Bethany’ (2016). He also directed, produced, and starred in ‘Restoration’ (2016). Unfortunately, none of the movies have done well. On TV, Zack Ward gave memorable performances in series like ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ (2017) and ‘Z Nation’ (2018). He is also starring in the upcoming ‘How to Make a Deal with the Devil’ and ‘Fallen Cards’ (2020). In 2017, he also formed the online sports betting and team trading company ‘Global Sports Financial Exchange’.
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Family & Personal Life
Zacharias Ward was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on August 31. 1970. His mother is actress Pam Hyatt (born April 9, 1936). His father was absent from his entire life. He has a brother Carson T. Foster, born from his mother’s second marriage to John Foster. He grew up poor and being bullied until he found success with movies. Zack fell in love with and is married to Jennifer McMahan Ward since August 18, 2018.