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Kane Hodder
Hodder at GalaxyCon Louisville in 2019.
Kane Warren Hodder

(1955-04-08) April 8, 1955 (age 69)
Auburn, California, United States
Occupation(s)Actor, stuntman, author
Years active1973–present
Known forJason Voorhees (Friday The 13th) Victor Crowley (Hatchet)
SpouseSusan B. Hodder (m. 1984)

Kane Warren Hodder (born April 8, 1955)[1] is an American actor, stuntman, and author.

Hodder is best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise, with four appearances in the film series: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (in which he also played Freddy Krueger's clawed glove hand), and Jason X; and one in the video game Friday the 13th: The Game. He is also known for his role as Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series.[2] He also played Leatherface during the stunts of Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and the motion capture in the video game The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Early life[edit]

Hodder was born in Auburn, California in 1955.


Early in his career during an interview, Hodder offered to show the interviewer and her cameraman a fire stunt. It went horribly wrong, leaving him with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over much of his upper body. It was because of these burns that he was initially selected to portray Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a role that would eventually go to Robert Englund with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. Hodder was the first actor to portray Jason Voorhees more than once, in a total of four consecutive movies from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood to Jason X. He portrayed horror icon Leatherface through the stunt work of the 1990 film Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and played Freddy Krueger's clawed glove hand at the ending scene of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. He also acted as a police guard in Jason Goes to Hell. He also appeared in an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show to promote Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, in costume as Jason.

Hodder at the 2007 Pittsburgh Comicon

Although he offered to reprise his role as Jason Voorhees in the 2003 film Freddy vs. Jason, director Ronny Yu replaced Hodder with 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Canadian stuntman Ken Kirzinger. The switch created controversy among fans of the series and has been credited to several rumors, including Kirzinger's location in Canada and his height compared to Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Krueger, while Yu himself stated that it was New Line Cinema's idea to do so.[3] Though Hodder still expresses resentment over not being chosen, he is still good friends with Kirzinger and Englund.[4] In 2011 Hodder wrote, along with author Michael Aloisi, his autobiography Unmasked: The True Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer.[5] This was in 2014 turned into a webseries, which was released as The Killer & I.[6]

Hodder starred in the slasher film Hatchet as main character Victor Crowley, a physically deformed young boy who comes back from the dead to kill the people who invade the swamp where he lives—[7] a similar story in relation to that of Jason Voorhees. The role earned him the Horror Jury Award for Best Actor at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. He reprised this role in Hatchet II, Hatchet III and Victor Crowley.[8]

Hodder portrayed Grawesome Crutal in the slasher film, Muck and its sequel Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick.[9] He co-starred with Doug Jones and Michael McShane in the horror comedy film Love in the Time of Monsters.[10] In March 2015, he was part of Adam Green's ArieScope webseries Adam Green's Scary Sleepover.[11]

Kane Hodder reprised his role as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Game.

Personal life[edit]

Kane Hodder and R. A. Mihailoff

Hodder is an avid poker player.[citation needed] He has the word "Kill!" tattooed on the back of his bottom lip.[12] He spends time working with children in burn centers,[13] and despite the roles he often plays, Hodder has often been described as a very friendly man who loves to meet his fans.[citation needed]

For a long time, Hodder claimed his favorite kill scene in his films was the "sleeping bag against a tree" scene from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. He now considers the one where he rips a woman's face in half from Hatchet (2006) to be his favorite.[14]

Hodder is a noted Juggalo, a fan of the group Insane Clown Posse. To reflect this, he has a custom charm of the group's "hatchetman" logo holding a machete instead of a hatchet, a reference to his role as Jason.[12]

Hodder appeared on the December 4, 2012 episode of the TruTV show Hardcore Pawn, in which he had a miniature gold mask made from a piece a fan had made for him.

Along with poker Hodder is also an avid ghost hunter. He founded the Hollywood Ghost Hunters group with former stuntman and friend Rick "Stuntman" McCullum who was a stunt double for Sid Haig.

In 1984, he married his wife Susan B. Hodder and has two sons name Jace Hodder and Reed Hodder.


Hodder co-wrote an autobiography with author Mike Aloisi.[15] The book is about his life and experience in the film industry and was released on October 1, 2011.

Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts—only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story of the burn injury that nearly killed him at the start of his career. The entire story of his recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused, his fight to break back into the industry that almost killed him, and his rise to become a film actor are told in Kane's own voice.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 California Split Reno Poker Player
1980 Alligator Ramón

1983 Lone Wolf McQuade Goon
1984 Hardbodies Older Geek
1985 City Limits Unfriendly DA
1986 Avenging Force Thug
1987 House II: The Second Story Gorilla
Open House Trailer Narration (voice)
Prison Forsythe/Gas Mask Guard
1988 Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Jason Voorhees
1989 Trained to Kill Bodyguard
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Jason Voorhees
Best of the Best Burt
1991 9½ Ninjas! -
Out for Justice Henchman at Party
The Rapture Security Guard
Alligator II: The Mutation Billy Boy
Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College Man in Rolling Mop Bucket
1992 House IV The Human Pizza
Under Siege Commando
1993 No Place to Hide Weller
Best of the Best II Backdoor Man
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Jason Voorhees/FBI Security Guard/Freddy Krueger
Father Hood Bus Driver
Rubdown Simon TV movie
1994 Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings Keith Knox
1995 Scanners: The Showdown Kidnapper #1
Project Metalbeast MetalBeast
Steel Frontier Kinton Video
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Neo-Nazi Gunman
Fair Game Helicopter Henchman
1996 Crash Dive Henchman killed by Carter Video
Wildly Available Driver
1997 The Big Fall Bodyguard/Gunfiring Mobster
The Protector Guard Falling Down Stairs
Wishmaster Merritt's Guard
T.N.T. Townie #3
The Shooter Fighter
1998 Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Bartender Video
Watchers Reborn Clerk
Whatever It Takes Bar Thug
1999 Hitman's Run Thug
2000 Geppetto Pleasure Island Inhabitant
2001 Jason X Jason Voorhees/Uber Jason
2003 Daredevil Fallon's Bodyguard
Dark Wolf Biker Guy Video
Grind Sandy's Dad
Monster Undercover Cop
2005 2001 Maniacs Jason
The Devil's Rejects Officer with Gas Mask on Left
2006 Hatchet Victor Crowley/Thomas Crowley
Room 6 Homeless Demon
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Guy at Elm Street House
Fallen Angels Envy
2007 Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield Ed Gein Video
Hack! First Victim
Dead Noon Undead Cowboy Video
Born Asmodeus/Cardinal
2008 B.T.K. Dennis Rader Video
2009 Old Habits Die Hard Jonah
Bundy: A Legacy of Evil Warden Video
2010 Frozen Cody
Hatchet II Victor Crowley/Thomas Crowley
2011 The Afflicted Hank
Exit 33 Ike [17]
Chillerama Meshugannah
No Rest for the Wicked: A Basil & Moebius Adventure Ghoul Brother #1/Security Guard #1 Short
3 Musketeers Dr. Kim
Monsterpiece Theatre Volume II Milo
The Family Stone
2012 Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood Little John
Among Friends Limo Driver
Driving Lessons Michael Myers Short
2013 Hatchet III Victor Crowley
Exit to Hell Sickle
2014 Love in the Time of Monsters Lou
Digging up The Marrow Himself
Alice D Sr. Davenport
Abandoned in the Dark Hutchinson
Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce Eddie White
Charlie's Farm Tony Stewart
2015 Muck Grawesome Crutal
Old 37 Jon Roy
Tag Tom
Almost Mercy Coach Elwood
The Devil Dogs of Kilo Company 1st Sgt. Altum
2016 Smothered Striper
Chainsaw Maidens Angel of Death
2017 Check Point Cyris
Victor Crowley Victor Crowley
Death House Sieg
An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted) Frank Lee
2019 Shed of the Dead Mr. Parsons
Paralyzed with Fear Chemock
2020 Impractical Jokers: The Movie Bodyguard
The Good Things Devils Do Percy
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash Comic Film Jason Voorhees (voice)
Stay Home Kane Short [18]
2021 Knifecorp Angus Finn
Room 9 Beau Johnson
Death Breed Jonah Hollis
13 Fanboy Himself
2022 Dead by Midnight (Y2Kill) Kane Hodder
Tow The Mechanic
Hayride to Hell Sheriff Jubel
2023 Kill Her Goats Goatface [19]
2024 They Turned Us Into Killers Beau Sr. [20]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Enos Pool Hall Hood Episode: "Where's the Corpus?"
1983 The Renegades Distrom Episode: "Target: Marciano"
1986 The Twilight Zone Gramma Episode: "Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading"
Hill Street Blues Eddie Episode: "Amazing Grace"
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Curly Episode: "Storm Warning"
1994 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Cop Near Bank Vault Episode: "Bye Bly"
1997 Renegade Fighter Episode: "Born Under a Bad Sign"
L.A. Heat Thug Episode: "Old Scores"
1998 Nash Bridges Josh Denkirk Episode: "Imposters"
Martial Law Hessman's Henchman Episode: "Lock-Up"
1999 V.I.P. Matthew Adair Episode: "Good Val Hunting"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Jem'Hadar Soldier Episode: "What You Leave Behind"
2002 Boomtown Russian Gunman Episode: "The Freak"
2003 Charmed Thug at Pizza Place Episode: "The Day the Magic Died"
2005 Alias Lead Thug in Shanghai Episode: "Authorized Personnel Only: Part 1"
2009 Fear Clinic Villatoro Main Cast
2012 The Mentalist Red John's Henchman Episode: "The Crimson Hat"
2012–13 Holliston Himself Recurring Cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2017 Friday the 13th: The Game Jason Voorhees/Roy Burns
2023 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Leatherface/Grandfather


Year Title Ref
1993 Zombie Jamboree: The 25th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead
1994 Spooky World
2002 The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees
2004 Jason Lives
2005 30 Days in Hell: The Making of 'The Devil's Rejects'
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
2018 To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story [21][22]
2019 In Search of Darkness [23]


Year Title Note
1977 Emergency! TV series (uncredited)
1980 In God We Tru$t Uncredited
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade
1984 Hardbodies
1985 Volunteers Uncredited
The Hills Have Eyes Part II
1986 Days of Our Lives TV series (uncredited)
Avenging Force
The Patriot
1987 Who's the Boss? TV series (uncredited)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation
House II: The Second Story
1988 Born to Race
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
1989 Time Trackers
Trained to Kill
DeepStar Six
House III: The Horror Show
1990 Backstreet Dreams
The Closer
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
1991 Nothing but Trouble
The Rapture
FBI: The Untold Stories TV series
9½ Ninjas!
Out for Justice
Dangerous Women TV series
Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College
The Rapture
The Last Boy Scout
1992 Roots of Evil
Lethal Weapon 3 Uncredited
House IV
Double Trouble
Waxwork II: Lost in Time
Live! From Death Row TV movie
Under Siege
1993 Hocus Pocus
Addams Family Values
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Father Hood
Demolition Man
Younger & Younger
1994 Blood Run TV movie
The Secret World of Alex Mack TV series
A Low Down Dirty Shame
1995 Batman Forever Uncredited
Just Cause
Project Metalbeast
Four Rooms
Fair Game
1996 Warhead
Wildly Available
L.A. Heat TV series
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back
The Fan
Marshal Law TV movie
1997 The Big Fall
Brittle Glory
Fire Down Below
Team Knight Rider TV series
Most Wanted
The Shooter
The Underground
The Protector
1998 Martial Law TV series (uncredited)
The Shadow Men
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
Black Thunder
A Night at the Roxbury
Enemy of the State
1999 Hitman's Run
See How They Run TV series
Idle Hands Uncredited
2000 Robbers
Partners TV movie
Gone in 60 Seconds
2002 Comic Book Villains
2003 Charmed TV series
2005 The Devil's Rejects
2006 Fallen Angels Also associate producer
2007 Hack!
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield
2008 Ghost Town
2009 Old Habits Die Hard
2010 Frozen
Hatchet II
2011 The Afflicted
Monster Theatre Volume 1
The Family
2013 Hatchet III
2014 Charlie's Farm
2015 Old 37
2017 Check Point
Friday the 13th: The Game Video game motion capture choreography and stunts
Victor Crowley
2019 Hanukkah
2020 Impractical Jokers: The Movie
2023 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Video game motion capture choreography and stunts


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