Ted White dead at 96 – Tributes pour in for Jason Voorhees stuntman on 'Friday the 13th' who also worked with John Wayne | The Sun

LEGENDARY stuntman Ted White has died at the age of 96, his son revealed today.

The actor, best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the 1984 film "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter," died peacefully at his home in Southern California on Friday.


Tributes have since poured in for the star, who worked with the likes of John Wayne, Clark Gable and Richard Boone.

Confirming his dad’s death today, Ted’s son, also Ted, told Fox News Digital: "He was a tough guy. Honest and told the truth, whether you liked it or not.

"The last of the blood and guts guys." 

His wife, Jeri Bayouth added: "He was bigger than life, and he was tough as a boot.

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"A tender heart and a very generous heart. He took a lot of risks and a lot of adventures." 

She added: "He loved the picture business and the stunt guys, and there were lots of actors and actresses that I knew that were phenomenal," Ted added.

"So he appreciated, you know, the time he spent at it, and he appreciated the business."

White was also a former marine.

Prior to heading West, he attended the University of Oklahoma.

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The late star was also good friends with President Ronald Reagan, and would even get haircuts with him, Ted told Fox.

"We had people over for dinner that were pretty famous, but he didn't care about all of that," Ted said.

Ted also noted his father was fearless recalling times he would go to Daniel Boone's set with him and he would be injured from stunts, but unfazed.

"One day he hit a corner of the pad doing a high fall, and the next thing you know, they were taking him away in an ambulance, and he was waving at me as he was going away," said Ted.

Film Producer Sean Clark penned an emotional tribute to the late Ted on Facebook.

"He was my adopted grandpa and hands down the best storyteller you could have ever met," he wrote.

"I am going to miss you immensely and those steak dinners we always had. Also teasing you about your red, white & blue banner that made you look like you were running for President."

My heart goes out to his wife Jeri and his sons. It was an absolute honor my friend.

White chose not to be credited for "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter," when it came out and declined to be involved in a sequel.

He later became involved in documentaries and conventions surrounding the horror industry.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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