Star of ‘A Christmas Story’ still makes money off of the 1983 film
Fans of the classic Christmas flick still recognize Zach Ward, AKA: Scut Farkus. Now 47, the actor can not escape the iconic bullyish character he played nearly 35 years ago.
Ward, along with the rest of the cast, continues to receive royalties from the ongoing success of the movie. How much? The amount may surprise you, and could like buy a few Red Ryder BB guns.
“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”
The one-liners repeat like the ticking of a clock in Ward’s mind and apparently the fans’ too. They commonly approach him with a zinger with a reference to “Ralphie,” the movie’s hero who ended up whooping Ward’s character.
The recognizable kid who wore a coonskin hat throughout the film, had braces and was only 13 years old when he established himself into Christmas movie stardom.
When asked about why he thinks “A Christmas Story” is still so successful, Ward says he thinks the story is one most can relate to. Generations have grown up watching the holiday movie staple and perhaps inserting themselves into one of the roles.
He added that getting recognized has gotten him more than few free beers.
Ward is still acting and living in Los Angeles. He recently wrapped production of a guest starring role on the latest season of “American Horror Story.” He also works with Global Sports Financial Exchange Inc. and All Sports Market. The companies create exchanges that authorize fans to purchase and trade shares of sports teams.
As for how much money he makes off of “A Christmas Story,” it may surprise you. According to Ward, it’s only about $1,800.00 every two years.
The actor says he tucks the money away for his mother’s future needs.
Fox is bringing a new show which pays homage to the classic. “A Christmas Story Live” airs 7 p.m. on Sunday.