Ted White (stuntman)

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Ted White
Ted White at horror convention in nashville tn april 2012.jpg
Ted White at a horror Convention in Nashville on April 8, 2012.
Born (1926-01-25) January 25, 1926 (age 93)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor, Stuntman
Years active1949–present

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.

Career[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Partial filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1949 Sands of Iwo Jima Marine Uncredited
1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon Gill man stunt double Uncredited
1958 The Perfect Furlough Soldier Uncredited
1958 Born Reckless Cowboy Uncredited
1960 The Alamo Tennessean Uncredited
1965 Cat Ballou Gunslinger Uncredited
1967 Point Blank Football player
1986 Quiet Cool Ellis
1974 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Trooper
1980 Going Ape! Goon 1
1980 Oh, God! Book II Motorcycle Policeman
1980 Used Cars Police Deputy
1982 Tron Guard
1984 Starman Deer Hunter
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
1985 Silverado Hoyt
1987 Hot Pursuit Tommy Ray
1987 The Hidden Agent Fowler
1988 Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Jason Voorhees Archive footage
1990 Downtown Goon
2001 Double Take Trooper
2009 His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th Himself
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Himself

Stuntman[edit]

Year Film Notes
1962 Hatari! John Wayne's stunt double
Uncredited
1968 Planet of the Apes Uncredited
1972 Prime Cut Uncredited
1973 Soylent Green
1979 1941 Uncredited
1980 Bronco Billy Uncredited
1981 Escape from New York
1984 Cloak & Dagger
1986 Short Circuit
1989 Major League
1989 Road House
1999 Wild Wild West
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds

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