• Zack Ward was born in 1970 in Toronto, Canada and his first role was in the family movie "A Christmas Story" at 1•
• His career skyrocketed after that and he went on to appear in over 100 movie titles, including "Transformers".
• He is married to Jennifer McMahan and is the co-founder of Grit Film Works.
• He is worth an estimated $5 million and stands at 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs around 170lbs (77kgs).
• His first director was Bob Clark who helped him continue his acting career.

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MarkSnarky, sarcastic comments, sharp wit and comedic timing.
FactHas starred in four video game adaptations, which means that he has tied with Robin Shou for the actor who's stared in most video game adaptations. He has had roles in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Postal (2007), BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007), and Alone in the Dark II (2008).


If you are a horror film fan, you have probably noticed the red-haired actor Zack Ward, who has appeared in more than 100 movie titles. Did you know that his first role was in a notable family movie from the early ‘80s, and that he was loved by fans at the young age of 13? So what’s the story of his life, and is he married?

Early life and Education

Zach Ward was born on 31 August 1970, in Toronto, Ontario Canada. His mother is Canadian actress Pam Hyatt, who is known for providing the voice of Kaede in the English dubbed version of animated series “InuYasha”, as well as for playing Noble Heart Horse in “The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation” from 1986.

Ward also has an older brother named Carson T. Foster, whose father is John Foster – Ward’s father’s name has never been confirmed to the public, but his mother was married to John Foster from 1957 until his passing in 2012.

Even as a kid Ward expressed his fondness of acting, but his mother was against this, as she wanted her sons to have a ‘normal’ life, away from the spotlight. However, after Carson interceded, she changed her mind and allowed Ward to pursue acting.

“A Christmas Story”

Ward ended up being in a few commercials in the early ‘80s, before finally making his breakthrough in 1983 when he was cast to be a part of the family film “A Christmas Story”.

He showed up at the audition for the sidekick kid, Grover, amongst 300 other kids – in the end, the choice was between him and another redheaded boy, but finally Ward won the role. However, when he arrived in Cleveland on the set, the director told him that he would portray local bully Scut Farcus instead.

The film was based upon a novel by Jean Shepherd, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, and received positive reviews from even the harshest movie critics. Although Peter Billingsley portrayed the main character, Ralphie, it was Ward’s portrayal of Scut that received the most attention, and skyrocketed his career. In fact, this character was the inspiration for Scott Tenorman in the animated series “South Park”.

Acting Career

By the end of the 1980s, Ward had appeared in several TV series, such as “Anne of Green Gables”, “Anne of Avonlea” and “Friday the 13th: The Series”. He also portrayed Seth Sandruff in the comedy film “Taking Care of Terrific” that aired in 1987.

In the early 1990s, he mostly appeared on TV, in films such as “Spenser: Ceremony” and “Harvest for the Heart”, as well as in various series including “My Secret Identity”, “Maniac Mansion”, “Forever Knight” and “Neon Riders”. He portrayed Kyle in Brenton Spenser’s horror film “The Club”, as well as a skinhead in the comedy film “The Size of Watermelons”, about a local college loser who is trying to win the affection of his crush.

In 1997 he portrayed D.C. in the action film “Wild America”, as well as A.J. in “Lancelot: Guardian of Time”. The following year he had a minor role in “How to Make the Cruelest Month”. None of these films gained recognition in Hollywood.

Not allowing this to discourage him, Ward continued acting, and in 2000 he was cast as Billy in the thriller “Civility”, opposite Liam Waite, Tom Arnold and William Forsythe. That same year, he appeared alongside Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup in Cameron Crowe’s adventure-comedy film “Almost Famous”.

Wade was cast as Dave Scouvel in the TV comedy series “Titus”, about the life of a mechanic who is trying to deal with his father, remaining in the show for three seasons until it ended in 2002.

Zack Ward

In 2001 he co-starred in “Completely Totally Useless”, a film about two college roommates, and two years later appeared in three TV films, “Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail”, “Monte Walsh” and “Chasing Alice”. Ward was in a few films that aired that same year, such as “April’s Shower”, “The Pink House” and in the movie “Freddy vs. Jason”, which combined characters from two famous horror films, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday 13th”.

Wade continued his appearances in horror films when in 2004 he portrayed Nicholai Ginovaeff in the movie “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”, starring Mila Jovovich. That same year he made a guest appearance in “Charmed”, the famous series about sister witches, and was also a guest in several popular TV series, such as “Significant Others”, “Lost” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.

In 2007 he was in the crime thriller “Trade”, and appeared alongside Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel in the first movie from the “Transformers” saga, in which he portrayed First Sergeant Donelly. That same year, he made a minor appearance in “Moving McAllister”, a romantic comedy starring Benjamin Gourley and Mila Kunis, and starred in the comedy film “Postal”.

In 2009, Wade portrayed Nickels in the action film “The Devil’s Tomb”, and was cast as Zone in the TV series “Dollhouse”. In 2011 he portrayed Scott Dunbar in the TV romantic film “Accidentally in Love”. That same year, he appeared as a guest in several shows, including “Drop Dead Diva”, “The Mentalist”, “Hawaii Five-0” and “Breakout Kings”.

He co-starred in David Lisle Johnsson’s drama film “In My Pocket”, alongside Gregory Smith and Shantel VanSanten.

In the following few years, Wade appeared several more popular TV series, such as “CSI: Miami”, “Save the Supers”, “Chicago Fire” and “The Exes”. He made his voice acting debut in 2013, when he provided the voice of Alpha in the video game “Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel”. His other voice acting roles include various characters from “Murdered: Soul Suspect”, Konstantin from “Rise of the Tomb Raider”, and Thurston from “Izzie’s Way Home”.

Wade portrayed Nathan in 2016’s horror adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty”, called “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty”.

That same year he co-starred as Harold Stone in Zack Ward’s horror film “Restoration”, and in 2017, he made a guest appearance as Roger in “American Horror Story”.

In 2018 Wade was cast as Lt. Dante in six episodes of the fifth and final season of the series “Z Nation”. The following year he appeared in “Second Chance for Christmas” and “Beyond the Law”, and most recently in June 2020, his final film appearance is in the horror film “Piranha Blood Lake”.

Personal Life

With James Cullen Bressack, Wade is a co-founder of Grit Film Works, a film production company whose output includes horror films “Bethany” and “Restoration”.

He became the CEO of the Global Sports Financial Exchange in 2017.

Wade’s brother, Carson T, works as a key grip in the filming industry, and is known for his work on films such as “X-Men”, “The Incredible Hulk” and “Repo Men”. He also appeared in a few films and series when he was young, including “Air Waves” and “Destiny to Order”.

Ward married his long-term girlfriend, Jennifer McMahan, on 18th August 2018. The couple leads a private life so not much about their everyday endeavors is known.

In one interview, Ward stated that he is really grateful that the first director he worked with, Bob Clark, was a professional who helped him continue with his further acting career. ‘Bob Clark was a profound man with a lot of patience and kindness, so it makes a big impact when you treat people with respect.’ he said.

Net Worth

Zack Ward is a prominent Canadian actor – one of the films he was in, “Transformers”, made over $710 million at the box office. He also earns a hefty amount from his private businesses and production company. As of June 2020, his net worth is estimated at around $5 million.

Physical characteristics

Ward is known for his pale skin, ginger hair and green eyes. He is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs around 170lbs (77kgs).

General Info

Full NameZack Ward
ProfessionFilm director, Film producer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter, Television Director


ParentsPam Hyatt
SiblingsCarson T. Foster


MoviesA Christmas Story, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Transformers, Postal, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, BloodRayne 2: Deliverance, Freddy vs. Jason, Don't Blink, Dark House, Trade, Almost Famous, Anne of Green Gables, Alone in the Dark II, The Devil's Tomb, Monster Mutt, Battle Planet, April's Shower, L.A...
TV ShowsTitus, Boogies Diner

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Snarky, sarcastic comments, sharp wit and comedic timing.
2Red hair and narrow eyes.


1Los Angeles, California: Living and working as an actor. [January 2013]
2Currently has a role on the UPN comedy All of Us (2003), starring Dwayne Martin, LisaRaye McCoy and Tony Rock. [November 2005]
3Shared a house with Milla Jovovich whilst filming Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) in Toronto.
4Is still close friends with Christopher Titus, with whom he starred in the show Titus (2000).
5Has starred in four video game adaptations, which means that he has tied with Robin Shou for the actor who's stared in most video game adaptations. He has had roles in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Postal (2007), BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007), and Alone in the Dark II (2008).
6His character in A Christmas Story (1983), Scut Farcus, later became the inspiration for Scott Tenorman on South Park (1997).
7Has a brother, Carson T. Foster.
8Son of Pam Hyatt.




Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness2015Zack
Lab Coats: Life After the Zombie Apocalypse2015TV ShortAxel
Borgore & Sikdope: Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse2014ShortScientist
Fallen Cards2014TV SeriesThe Drifter (2014)
Don't Blink2014Alex
Murdered: Soul Suspect2014Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys2014TV MovieWill
Haunted2014/IVChris McCulluch
Mike & Molly2013TV SeriesDonny
Liv and Maddie2013TV SeriesOfficer Mike Clarkson
Sketchy2013TV Series
The Exes2013TV SeriesBradley
In the Void2013Mark
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel2013Video GameAlpha (voice)
Sick Building Syndrome2013ShortAmy's Boss
Chicago Fire2012TV SeriesTed Griffin
CSI: NY2012TV SeriesKeith Milner
Save the Supers2012TV SeriesJokester
CSI: Miami2012TV SeriesClyde Novak
End of the Road2011/ILt. Falco / Zack
In My Pocket2011Rob
Hawaii Five-02011TV SeriesBilly Murphy
The Mentalist2011TV SeriesWhit Naylor
Drop Dead Diva2011TV SeriesKeith Geary
Breakout Kings2011TV SeriesChristian Beaumont
Accidentally in Love2011TV MovieScott Dunbar
Monster Mutt2011Sirus Caldwell
Warehouse 132010TV SeriesLeo
I'm in the Band2010TV SeriesXander
Dollhouse2009-2010TV SeriesZone
The Devil's Tomb2009Nickels
Cold Case2009TV SeriesEd Dubinski
Battle Planet2008Jordan Strider
Alone in the Dark II2008VideoXavier
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles2008TV SeriesWells
Dead and Gone2008The Weatherman
Kissing Cousins2008Charlie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesSteve Card
BloodRayne II: Deliverance2007VideoBilly the Kid
Moving McAllister2007Earl
Transformers2007First Sergeant Donnelly
Girlfriends2006-2007TV SeriesMike
Trade2007/IAlex Green
Pennies2006ShortStoner Todd
Hollywood Kills2006Nate Folds
All of Us2005TV SeriesJeff Sizemore
NCIS2005TV SeriesPolice Officer Billy Krieg
Deadwood2004-2005TV SeriesHotel Desk Clerk
Aurora Borealis2005Lindstrom
Lost2005TV SeriesMarc Silverman
Crossing Jordan2005TV SeriesFBI Agent Blair
Significant Others2004TV SeriesZack
Charmed2004TV SeriesSirk / Kevin Casey
Resident Evil: Apocalypse2004Nicholai Ginovaeff
L.A. Twister2004Lenny
A Night at Sophie's2004Tony
The Pink House2003Murray
April's Shower2003August
Freddy vs. Jason2003Bobby Davis (Mark's Brother)
Monte Walsh2003TV MoviePowder Kent
Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail2003TV MovieHowie Tibbadoe
Chasing Alice2003TV Movie
MDs2002TV SeriesDr. Lewis
Titus2000-2002TV SeriesDave Scouvel
She Spies2002TV SeriesThe Thin Man in Black
The Outer Limits2002TV SeriesLink
Completely Totally Utterly2001Chad
Chasing Destiny2001TV MovieEric
Almost Famous2000The Legendary Red Dog
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story2000TV SeriesMoody Spurgeon
Brotherhood of Murder1999TV MovieCharles Higgins
Y2K1999TV MovieRick Rothman
Atomic Train1999TV Mini-SeriesStan Atkins
Profiler1999TV SeriesReed / Little Joshua
The Pretender1999TV SeriesTheodore Reed / Little Joshua
The Fair1999Jimmy
Viper1999TV SeriesCrup
JAG1998TV SeriesCurtis Dastuge
NYPD Blue1995-1998TV SeriesDan Evers Jerry
Nash Bridges1998TV SeriesPaul Pangborn
Blade Squad1998TV MovieBilly Mustard
Fast Track1998TV Series
How to Make the Cruelest Month1998Manhattan's Neighbor
Lancelot: Guardian of Time1997A.J.
The Sentinel1997TV SeriesOrange Glasses Man
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesJerry 'Mad Dog' Sullivan
Wild America1997D.C.
Party of Five1997TV SeriesTed
Sliders1995-1996TV SeriesGerald Thomas / Security Guard
The Size of Watermelons1996Skinhead
Ed1996Dusty Richards (as Zacharias Ward)
Star Hunter1996VideoCooper (as Zach Ward)
Harvest for the Heart1994TV MovieRoss Hansen
The Club1994Kyle
Boogies Diner1994TV SeriesKirby
Just for Fun1993ShortTom
Spenser: Ceremony1993TV MovieHummer
Forever Knight1992TV SeriesTopper
Maniac Mansion1991TV SeriesTim
My Secret Identity1990TV SeriesDaniel
Neon Rider1990TV SeriesDigger
Friday the 13th: The Series1988TV SeriesGreg Mazzey
Taking Care of Terrific1987TV MovieSeth Sandruff
Anne of Avonlea1987TV Mini-SeriesMoody Spurgeon
Anne of Green Gables1985TV Mini-SeriesMoody Spurgeon
A Christmas Story1983Scut Farkus
How to Make a Deal with the DevilcompletedStan
A Christmas in Vermont2016TV MovieDavid Briggs
Izzie's Way Home2016Thurston (voice)
Restoration2016/IHarold Stone
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty2016Nathan
Rise of the Tomb Raider2015Video GameKonstantin (voice)


Bethany2016producer completed
Don't Blink2014producer
Protocol X2012Short executive producer / producer
End of the Road2011/Iassociate producer
Monster Mutt2011associate producer
The Untold Christmas Story2008Video documentary producer


Circus Kane2017writer post-production
The Terror2017screenplay post-production
If Looks Could Kill2016TV Movie
Protocol X2012Short writer
Everyday Joe2007Short


Fallen Cards2014TV Series
Protocol X2012Short


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentary archival material provided by - as Zach Ward
The Untold Christmas Story2008Video documentary photographs courtesy of


Protocol X2012Short


Don't Blink2014stunt coordinator


The Condo2015the director wishes to thank completed
Pernicious2014the director wishes to thank
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!2011TV Movie documentary special thanks
Brotherly Love: An Interview with Zack Ward2006Video documentary short special thanks
Another Christmas Story2003Video documentary short special thanks


The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Horrified2015TV SeriesHimself
Postal 2: Paradise Lost2015Video GameHimself (voice)
The Healthy Voyager's Global Kitchen2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2013TV SeriesHimself
Teens Wanna Know2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Cast of a Christmas Story: Where Are They Now?2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself - 'Bobby Davis'
The Untold Christmas Story2008Video documentaryHimself
From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack2007Video documentary shortHimself
Our World2007Video documentaryHimself
The John Kerwin Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Resident Evil: Diary of an Apocalypse2007Video documentary shortHimself
Brotherly Love: An Interview with Zack Ward2006Video documentary shortHimself
Game Babes2004Video documentary shortHimself
Game Over: 'Resident Evil' Reanimated2004Video documentaryHimself
Another Christmas Story2003Video documentary shortHimself - 'Scut Farcus'
Postal 22002Video GameHimself (voice)
The Test2001TV SeriesHimself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Friday the 13th: The Series1989TV SeriesGreg Mazzey


Won Awards

2004Angel Film AwardMonaco International Film FestivalBest ActorL.A. Twister (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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