Zack Ward was born in 1970. He wanted to act, but his mom, an actress herself, wanted her son to be normal, and would not let him. Finally, his brother intervened, allowing Zack the chance to act. After a year of the small stuff, he got his first big audition for the ’80s classic A Christmas Story (1983). About 300 kids showed up for the part (originally he was the sidekick, Grover), and he kept getting called back until it was him and one other redhead. He won the role. On the first set, in Cleveland, the director told him that he was to play the part of Scut Farkus instead of Grover. This was his breakthrough.
He also has guest roles on popular television series such as NCIS, Lost, and Crossing Jordan. Ward has had roles in film such as Almost Famous, Transformers and Anne of Green Gables. He has appeared in the horror films Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Freddy vs. Jason. Ward also has leading roles in BloodRayne II: Deliverance and Postal. Ward can also be seen in Alone in the Dark II and The Devil’s Tomb.
In 2014 Ward co-founded the film production company Grit Film Works with James Cullen Bressack. The first two films which he co-produced with Grit Film Works were the thriller Bethany and the horror film Restoration.