Ted White (stuntman)
Ted White at a horror Convention in Nashville on April 8, 2012.
|Born||January 25, 1926|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Ted White (born January 25, 1926) is an American stuntman and actor who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. He is also notable for having doubled for John Wayne, Fess Parker, Clark Gable, and Richard Boone.
White played football for the University of Oklahoma. He then pursued a stuntman/acting career. In Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), White was approached because of his Marine Corps background when they needed a consultant for the layout of the island. That was when White met John Wayne and began doubling for him in 1952.
White has had minor roles in several western films and in such television series as Daniel Boone, The Andy Griffith Show, Hunter, Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, usually in tough-guy roles such as police officers or hired thugs. He has also worked in Gone in 60 Seconds, Silverado, Major League, Starman, and Tron.
In 1984, White played hockey masked murderer Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, after the director needed a large man for the part. White reluctantly accepted because he needed the money. Uneasy about playing one of the most infamous murderers in screen history, White asked not to be credited on screen for his part. He was later credited for the archive footage of him as Jason that was used in the seventh Friday film.
White became infuriated with director Joseph Zito for being insensitive to the pain actress Judie Aronson was experiencing when she was out on the raft filming her nude death scene, where she developed hypothermia and started crying from the pain brought on by the cold. This angered White to the point that he threatened to quit. Zito complied because he did not have the time or resources to find another stuntman White's size. Despite his initial distaste for the role, he is considered by many fans to have been one of the best Jasons.
White was offered the role of Jason for Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, but turned them down. The roles ultimately went to stuntmen Tom Morga and C. J. Graham, respectively.
|1949||Sands of Iwo Jima||Marine||Uncredited|
|1954||Creature from the Black Lagoon||Gill man stunt double||Uncredited|
|1958||The Perfect Furlough||Soldier||Uncredited|
|1967||Point Blank||Football player|
|1974||Dirty Mary Crazy Larry||Trooper|
|1980||Going Ape!||Goon 1|
|1980||Oh, God! Book II||Motorcycle Policeman|
|1980||Used Cars||Police Deputy|
|1984||Romancing the Stone||Grogan|
|1984||Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter||Jason Voorhees||Uncredited|
|1984||Against All Odds||Security guard with dog|
|1984||The Wild Life||Redneck Drunk #2|
|1987||Hot Pursuit||Tommy Ray|
|1987||The Hidden||Agent Fowler|
|1988||Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood||Jason Voorhees||Archive footage|
|2009||His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th||Himself|
|2013||Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th||Himself|
|1962||Hatari!||John Wayne's stunt double|
|1968||Planet of the Apes||Uncredited|
|1981||Escape from New York|
|1984||Cloak & Dagger|
|1999||Wild Wild West|
|2000||Gone in 60 Seconds|