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Ralph Wesley Foody (November 13, 1928 – November 21, 1999)[1] was an American character actor. He has several screen credits from the 1980s, but is probably best known for his bit part in the 1990 film Home Alone and its 1992 sequel as stereotypical 1930s mobster "Johnny" in its meta black-and-white gangster film 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.), along with his famous catchphrase 'Keep the change/Merry Christmas ya filthy animal'. 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. He died of cancer in 1999.[2]

Ralph Foody
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Ralph Foody as "Johnny" in Angels with Filthy Souls in Home Alone
Ralph Wesley Foody

(1928-11-13)November 13, 1928
DiedNovember 21, 1999(1999-11-21) (aged 71)
Years active1965–1992
Ralph Foody on the gangster movie set for Home Alone


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 Capt. Flynn Various 14 episodes
Code of Silence Det. Cragie Andrew Davis Chuck Norris film
1986 Raw Deal Captain 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 film role)


  1. ^ "Ralph Foody". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2014-12-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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