Ralph Foody

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Ralph Foody
Born Ralph Wesley Foody
(1928-11-13)November 13, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died November 21, 1999(1999-11-21) (aged 71)
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965 – 1992

Ralph Wesley Foody (November 13, 1928 – November 21, 1999) was a 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.), "Cragie" the alcoholic and 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.[1]


Year Films 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 Capt. Flynn Various 14 episodes
Lady Blue Howe Gary Nelson made into TV series
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 (TV series) 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2014-12-21. 

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