According to reports from Bloody Disgusting, actor Ted White passed away this past Friday at the age of 96. White is best known in the horror community for his performance as the slasher legend Jason Voorhees in the film Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, which was released in 1984.
Film producer Sean Clark was the one who broke the sad news to everyone, and he was told that White passed away quietly in his sleep. I’ve had the privilege of working with him and getting to know him over the course of over 20 years.
According to Clark wrote, “He was my adopted grandpa and hands down the best storyteller you could have ever met.” [Clark] “Both you and the steak meals we usually shared will be much missed by me in the future. […] My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Jeri, and to his children. It was a tremendous privilege, my dear friend. Get some rest. I adore you, Ted.”
Ted White was born in Snyder, Texas on January 25, 1926. He attended the University of Oklahoma and played football there before deciding to pursue a career in acting instead. The Sands of Iwo Jima, which was released in 1949, was his first film.
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In it, he played an unnamed marine and lent his expertise as a military veteran to the production of the film by advising on how the island depicted in the title should be laid out.
It was during the production of that picture that he first crossed paths with John Wayne, who would later hire him as one of his stunt doubles beginning in the year 1952. Films such as Planet of the Apes (1968) and Soylent Green (1973), as well as Escape from New York (1981) and Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), are included on his resume as examples of his work as a stuntman.
The majority of White’s on-screen roles were little cameos in movies such as “Tron” and “Romancing the Stone,” and the majority of these appearances went unacknowledged. When he was asked why he decided to take the role of Jason, he admitted that it was because he needed the money at the time. White said no when the production company requested him to do the part again for A New Beginning and Jason Lives.
Despite the fact that he was included in two documentaries on a Friday the 13th series that came out in 2009 and 2013, he decided against making another appearance in the Friday the 13th franchise. Cast a Giant Shadow is a book on Jack White’s career that was written by Larry K. Meredith and published in 2017.