Ken Kirzinger

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Ken Kirzinger
Born (1959-11-04) November 4, 1959 (age 54)
Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Actor/Stuntman
Years active 1983–present

Ken Kirzinger (born November 4, 1959) is a Canadian stuntman and actor best known for his portrayals of Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Pa in Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) and Rusty Nail in Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (2014). He also played "Mason" Jason Voorhees character spoof in the horror film parody, Stan Helsing.

Career[edit]

Role as Jason Voorhees[edit]

At 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) he is one of the tallest men to have played Jason Voorhees. Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu tried to limit Kirzinger's stunts on the film as much as possible. Stuntman Glenn Ennis was called in to perform a series of stunts, including a stunt showing Jason walking through a field killing teenagers while on fire.

Early career[edit]

Long before Kirzinger took over the role of Jason Voorhees from Kane Hodder, he had ties to Friday the 13th. He appeared in 1989's Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan as a New York cook who gets in Jason's way while pursuing Rennie Wickham (Jensen Daggett) and Sean Robertson (Scott Reeves). Jason, played by Kane Hodder, threw Kirzinger over the counter. In addition to his role as the cook, Kirzinger also served as a stunt coordinator for the film. Kirzinger is only the second person besides Hodder to play Jason more than once as he doubled for the latter in the same movie in a few short scenes.

Stunt scenes[edit]

According to Kirzinger, the hardest thing he went through for performing as Jason in Freddy vs. Jason (2003), was sinking into the lake. They shot the scene in a tank which was highly chlorinated and had debris to make it look like lake water. Director Ronny Yu wanted the close-up of Ken's eye and wanted him to sink into the water keeping his eye open. Then also he cannot breathe because it would be visible on film. He was lying on top of the water and had to let himself sink down to the bottom of the tank without breathing keeping his eye open. Kirzinger really held his breath, and the chlorine in the water burned his eyes.

Appearances[edit]

Kirzinger has performed stunts, or worked on the following:

TV shows[edit]

Movies[edit]

Movies for television with stunt performance credits[edit]

Stunts Canada[edit]

Ken Kirzinger is a member of Stunts Canada.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Dave Kirzinger, played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League from 1978 to 1986. His known friends are Brad Loree, another member of Stunts Canada who notably played horror icon Michael Myers in Halloween: Resurrection, Robert Englund, who co-starred with him in Freddy vs Jason as Freddy Krueger, and Kane Hodder, the actor who played Jason Voorhees before him. Even though Hodder will sometimes state his disappointment at not being chosen to play Jason for the fifth time in Freddy vs. Jason, he and Kirzinger are very good friends and Kirzinger stated they enjoy seeing each other at conventions.

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Preceded by
Kane Hodder
Actors portraying Jason Voorhees
2003
Succeeded by
Derek Mears