Unfortunate news to relay as actor/stuntman TED WHITE, best known for portraying Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter has passed away. He was 96.
It is reported that White “passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home.”
According to White’s webpage:
He enlisted in the marine corps at 17 and joined the fourth marine division after finishing boot camp in San Diego. My first campaign took me to the Marshall Islands; after that, I returned to Maui on the Hawaiian islands. After several months of rough training, the division was sent to Iwo Jima.
After 6 years in the marine corps, I resigned from my commission as a 2nd lieutenant.
I had a scholarship at the university of Oklahoma to play football and I also boxed in Golden Gloves and AAU. After 4 years of college, I got married and moved to California where I began my career as a stuntman and actor.
His career in Hollywood began in the early 1950s, usually playing all manner of thugs, cops, or bad guys. He was a renowned stuntman who doubled for such legends as Clark Gable, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Fess Parker, and more.
But, it was his role as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter in 1984 that cemented his stardom with genre fans. In his later years, he made numerous appearances on the convention circuit and enjoyed interacting with his adoring fans.
Ted White Born January 25, 1926 – Died October 14, 2022