It is a gift that keeps giving to the audiences who watch the movie, A Christmas Story, year after year. This famous classic also provides money for the stars who still collect royalties from the 1983 holiday film. One of the child stars from the movie is Zach Ward, who is 47-years-old today. He graced the screen in Christmas Story wearing a coonskin hat as Scut Farkus, the neighborhood bully.
When Ward’s adult picture was recently posted online, he won over the hearts of some Twitter users who have dubbed him a “hottie” today. He was only 13 when he appeared in the movie, which is famous for its one-liners and hysterical props.
Who can forget that gaudy leg lamp or the poor kid that got talked into licking the cold flagpole, only to get his tongue stuck? One of the gifts that Ward has received from that movie over the years is “a lot of free beer and hugs,” as people still remember him as the bully from A Christmas Story.
In a recent interview with Page Six, Ward said:
“So many people come up to me and are like, ‘You got your a** kicked by Ralphie,’ and it makes them so happy. I think they’re connecting to themselves as that little kid who had a bully and when they saw Scut Farkus get beaten up, they were just like, ‘Yeah!’ They greet me with a lot of love. It’s usually very kind.”
He calls it “incredible” to be a part of something that he describes as “lightning in a bottle.” For those who want to know, “no” he didn’t keep that “coonskin hat” that he had on his head through the entire film.
Now that you have seen his picture above, which is next to his picture from AChristmas Story, you might be asking yourself where you have recently seen this “hunk” as comments describe him from an article on Fox News. Ward is still acting and his most recent gig was as a guest star in the latest season of American Horror Story.