Ted White, who became popular in the worldwide horror film franchise for playing Jason Voorhees in the 1984 film “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” passed away on Friday, October 14. He was 96 years old.
White, born Alex Bayouth in Texas, died at his Southern California home at 8:30 a.m., his son, Ted exclusively told Fox News Digital.
“He was a tough guy. Honest and he told the truth whether you like it or not,” Ted said. “The last blood and guts guys.”
White’s career in Hollywood hasn’t been limited to his character as Jason. He started in the industry in the late 1940s as John Wayne’s stunt double, and has also worked with Fess Parker, Clark Gable and Richard Boone, to name a few.
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“He loved the movie business and stunt performers, and there were a lot of actors and actresses that I knew were phenomenal,” said Ted. “So she appreciated, you know, the time she gave us and enjoyed the business.”
Jeri Bayouth, White’s wife, told Fox News Digital exclusively: “She was larger than life and hard as a boot. A tender heart and very generous. She took a lot of risks and a lot of adventures.”
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White served for six years in the Marine Corps before stepping down as a lieutenant. He attended the University of Oklahoma before he got married and left for the west to get the chance to do it on the big screen.
His son explained that White worked with big stars like “Rock Hudson and Fess Parker”, but he still treated everyone like the other and was ready to work for any job.
“He was a good friend of Ronald Reagan,” Ted said as he recalled how his father would cut his hair with the former president on the Paramount lot in the past. “We had some pretty famous people for dinner, but he didn’t care about any of that.”
Ted recalled, “I was going with him to the Daniel Boone set, he was doing a TV show. One day he hit a corner of the pad doing a high fall, and next thing you know, they were taking him away in an ambulance, and greeted me as he left. ”
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The revival of White’s film came with the “Friday” franchise, which he chose not to be credited with at the time of its initial release. He was also asked to return to the role, but he turned down the part.
White has participated in a few documentary series on the horror franchise, but found fame on the convention circuit where he could really connect with fans.
“He kept getting questions and people wanted to meet him,” Ted said. “Then he was doing all these events where you go and shop, and literally thousands of people were there. I was at a couple of events with him and he hugged him.”
Jeri agreed that watching her husband tell stories from the past and talk about show business with his community was always something special. “We have developed good friendships and relationships with many, many fans.”
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