Thom Mathews in Lake Como
November 28, 1958
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Karla Jensen (m. 2014)|
Thomas "Thom" Mathews (born November 28, 1958) is an American actor who is best known for his roles as Freddy in The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Tommy Jarvis in the Friday the 13th franchise (1986; 2017). His other film roles include Dangerously Close (1986), Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), and Nemesis (1992).
Mathews began his acting career in the early 1980s as a model and commercial actor, starring in national television commercials for Le Tigre, Sprite and Tostitos. From 1982 to 1984, Mathews guest starred on a string of soap operas including Falcon Crest (1982; 1984), Dynasty (1983) and Paper Dolls (1984). In 1984, Mathews portrayed Erik in the romantic comedy film The Woman in Red although he was uncredited.
His first major role was Freddy in the 1985 cult film The Return of the Living Dead. The following year, Mathews starred in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, being the third actor to portray Tommy Jarvis after Corey Feldman and John Shepherd. In 1987, he starred as Francis Kelly in the television film The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission. The same year, Mathews starred in the film Down Twisted and guest starred on the sitcom Mr. President. In 1988, he starred as Joey in Return of the Living Dead Part II and Charmin' in Alien from L.A.. In 1989, Mathews guest starred on an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse.
In 1990, he portrayed Tim Murphy in the television film Rock Hudson, Sonny Hilderbrand in the television pilot Sporting Chance, and David in the film Midnight Cabaret. The following year, Mathews starred in the films Bloodmatch and Born to Ride and the television short The Letters from Moab. In 1992, he starred in the film Nemesis. In 1994, he portrayed Bill in Kickboxer 4 and Dan Donahue in In the Living Years. The following year, Mathews starred in Heatseeker. The same year, he guest starred on an episode of ER. In 1996, Mathews starred in the television films If Looks Could Kill and Raven Hawk.
He reprised the role of Tommy Jarvis twice in 2017, providing his voice and likeness to the video game Friday the 13th: The Game and making a cameo appearance in the unofficial fan film Never Hike Alone.
|1984||The Woman in Red||Erik||Uncredited|
|1985||The Return of the Living Dead||Freddy|
|1986||Dangerously Close||Brian Rigletti|
|1986||Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI||Tommy Jarvis|
|1988||Return of the Living Dead Part II||Joey|
|1988||Alien from L.A.||Charmin'|
|1988||Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood||Tommy Jarvis||Archive footage|
|1991||Born to Ride||Willis|
|1994||Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor||Bill|
|1994||In the Living Years||Dan Donahue|
|1997||The Peacemaker||Major Rich Numbers|
|1997||Crazy Six||Andrew||Direct-to-video film|
|1998||Waiting for Woody||Bike Messenger||Short film|
|2001||The Vampire Hunters Club||Henry Pratt||Short film|
|2009||A Letter to Dad||Dan|
|2013||Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th||Himself||Documentary|
|2017||Never Hike Alone||Tommy Jarvis||Unofficial Friday the 13th fan film, cameo|
|1982||Falcon Crest||Pool Guy #2 / Paramedic #2||2 episodes|
|1983||Dynasty||Brian (Male Secretary)||2 episodes|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Lewis Crosby||5 episodes|
|1987||The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission||Francis Kelly||Television film|
|1987||Mr. President||Secret Service Agent||Episode: "Private Moments"|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Cal||Episode: "The Heat"|
|1990||Rock Hudson||Tim Murphy||Television film|
|1990||Sporting Chance||Sonny Hilderbrand||Television pilot|
|1991||The Letters from Moab||Tom||Television short|
|1995||ER||Michael Mazovick||Episode: "And Baby Makes Two"|
|1996||If Looks Could Kill||Walter||Television film|
|1996||Raven Hawk||Stiles||Television film|
|2000||Fail Safe||Billy Flynn||Television film|
|2017||Friday the 13th: The Game||Tommy Jarvis||Voice and likeness|
- "Friday the 13th films".
- "George Clooney & Fiancee Amal Alamuddin Vacation In Cabo". TravelPulse. May 9, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2017.