Actor Ralph Foody

Ralph Wesley Foody (November 13, 1928 – November 21, 1999) was an American character actor.

Early life

Foody was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 13, 1928.


He has several screen credits from the 1980s, but is probably best known for portraying 1930s mobster Johnny in the 1990 film Home Alone and its 1992 sequel. As Johnny, Foody appears in two black-and-white gangster films-within-the-films Angels with Filthy Souls and its sequel Angels with Even Filthier Souls (both are a parody of the 1938 film Angels with Dirty Faces by Warner Bros.). His appearances are notable for the famous catchphrases ‘Keep the change ya filthy animal/Merry Christmas ya filthy animal and a Happy New Year’.

Foody also played “Det. Cragie”, the alcoholic and the negligent Chicago cop in Code of Silence, as well as the police dispatcher in The Blues Brothers. He was also known for his incredible wit and was often referred to as “The Witster” on set.


Foody died of cancer in 1999 at age 71.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1965 Mickey One Police Captain Arthur Penn
1980 The Blues Brothers Police Dispatcher John Landis
1981 Chicago Story Sergeant Hesper Harvey S. Laidman & Jerry London Made-for-TV movie
1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck Bit Role Simon Langton Made-for-TV movie
1985 Lady Blue Howe Gary Nelson made into TV series
Lady Blue Captain Flynn Various 14 episodes
Code of Silence Detective Cragie Andrew Davis Chuck Norris film
1986 Raw Deal Police Captain Sam Joyce John Irvin
Vice Versa Doorman Brian Gilbert
1988 Above the Law Federal Clerk Andrew Davis
Betrayed Lyle Costa-Gavras
1989 The Package Building Manager Andrew Davis
Music Box Pawn Broker Costa-Gavras
Cold Justice Ernie Terry Green
1990 Gabriel’s Fire Hot Dog Vendor Robert Lieberman in episode titled “Gabriel’s Fire”
Home Alone Gangster #1 Johnny Chris Columbus in the scene from a film on TV “Angels with Filthy Souls”
1991 Curly Sue Drifter John Hughes
1992 Straight Talk Desk Clerk Barnett Kellman
The Babe Pittsburgh Man Arthur Hiller bit role
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Gangster Johnny Chris Columbus in the scene from a film on TV “Angels with Even Filthier Souls” (final acting role)

External Links

Actor Ralph Foody – Wikipedia

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