Larry Zerner

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Larry Zerner
Born (1963-09-08) September 8, 1963 (age 55)

Lawrence J. Zerner (born September 8, 1963) is an American lawyer and actor who is perhaps best known for his role in the 1982 horror film Friday the 13th Part III as Shelly Finkelstein. His character in the film was most notable as the original owner of the infamous hockey mask which became Jason Voorhees's trademark. He later reprised the role in the 2017 video game Friday the 13th: The Game.

Other film roles include the 1984 movie Hadley's Rebellion. He made a guest appearance on the television series Fame. Zerner was born in Los Angeles, California. He was discovered on a street corner in Westwood, Los Angeles, California handing out passes to a screening of The Road Warrior.

After quitting acting in 1987 Zerner became an entertainment lawyer in Hollywood. In 2005, Larry represented Jeff Bergquist in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Daniel Knauf and HBO over the television series Carnivàle. Also in 2005, Zerner represented George Lutz in a lawsuit against the makers of the remake of The Amityville Horror.

Larry was a contestant on the ABC prime time version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire but did not make it to the "hot seat" with Regis Philbin.

On February 9, 2007, Larry was the $250,000 winner of the Last Man Standing edition of 1 vs. 100, defeating, among others, Ken Jennings, Annie Duke, Brad Rutter, Kevin Olmstead and Nancy Christy. In 2009, he appeared on Doug Benson's comedy podcast I Love Movies (Now, known as Doug Loves Movies) where he donated a total of 1,800 USD to the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Zerner returned to acting in 2013 with Knights of Badassdom and has appeared in numerous films since, including one video game. He has played a character with the name "Shelly" in different franchises on four different occasions.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Friday the 13th Part III Sheldon "Shelly" Finkelstein
1982 Fame Stage Manager Episode: "And the Winner Is...."
1986 New Love, American Style Bachelor Episode: "Love-a-Gram/Love and the Apartment"
1987 Hadley's Rebellion Dorm Boy
2013 Knights of Badassdom Shelly (uncredited)
2014 Found Scientist Short film
2016 The Horror Geeks Shelly TV film
2016 The Epidemic Tim
2017 Death House Shelly the Prop Man
2017 Friday the 13th: The Game Sheldon "Shelly" Finkelstein Video game, DLC update; did not appear on initial release.


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