After a year of the small stuff, he got his first big audition for the '80s classic A Christmas Story (1983). Ward was born on August 31, 1970, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of … Zack Ward still gets paid for “A Christmas Story.” In 2017, Page Six reported that the actors are still getting royalty checks. He wanted to act, but his mom, an actress herself, wanted her son to be normal, and would not let him. Zack Ward was born in 1970. Life and career. Zack Ward, Actor: Freddy vs. Jason. However, it’s not as much as many think. Finally, his brother intervened, allowing Zack the chance to act.