Thom Mathews

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Thom Mathews
Thom Mathews in lake como italy 6-2009.jpg
Thom Mathews in Lake Como
Born Thomas Mathews
(1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
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).

Career[edit]

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 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, 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 special guest appearance in the unofficial fan film "Never Hike Alone".[1][2]

Mathews now co-owns a construction company, Hammer and Trowel. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne hired his company to remodel their home during the filming of their MTV reality show The Osbournes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On May 10, 2014, Mathews married Karla Jensen in Los Cabos, Mexico.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Woman in Red Erik Uncredited
1985 The Return of the Living Dead Freddy
1986 Dangerously Close Brian Rigletti
1986 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Tommy Jarvis
1987 Down Twisted Damalas
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
1990 Midnight Cabaret David
1991 Bloodmatch Brick Bardo
1991 Born to Ride Willis
1992 Nemesis Marion
1994 Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor Bill
1994 In the Living Years Dan Donahue
1995 Heatseeker Bradford
1997 Blast Bill Uncredited
1997 Mean Guns Crow
1997 The Peacemaker Major Rich Numbers
1997 Crazy Six Andrew Direct-to-video film
1998 Waiting for Woody Bike Messenger Short film
1998 Sorcerers The Duke
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
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Friday the 13th: The Game Tommy Jarvis Voice and likeness

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