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Kane Warren Hodder (born April 8, 1955) is an American actor and stuntman. Standing 6' 2" ( 189 cm), he is best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th film series.

 

Career

Hodder is the only actor to portray Jason more than once, in a total of 4 movies. He has also portrayed horror icons Leatherface in the stunts of the third Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and Freddy Kreuger when he pulls Jason's mask to hell in Jason Goes to Hell.

Although he offered to reprise his role as Jason Voorhees in the 2003 film Freddy vs. Jason, director Ronny Yu replaced Hodder with 6'5" Canadian stunt man Ken Kirzinger. The switch created controversy amongst fans of the series and has been credited to several rumours, including Kirzinger's location in Canada, and his height compared to Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger's portrayer (although Hodder is still taller than Englund).

Hodder is to star in the slasher flick Hatchet as main character Victor Crowley, a physically deformed young boy who comes back from the dead to kill the people who invade the swamp in which he lives. This is similar to Jason Voorhees, who died as a young boy in a lake and came back from the dead to kill people who came to Camp Crystal Lake.

 Personal life

Hodder was born in Auburn, California.[4] He has a wife named Sue with two sons, Jace and Reed. Reed played a part in his father's film Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield as Reid with Hodder playing the title role.

Hodder is an avid poker player and often plays celebrity tournaments on hollywoodpoker.com. He has the word "Kill!" tattooed on the back of his bottom lip. He spends time working with children in burn centers, and despite the roles he often plays, Hodder has often been described as a very friendly man who loves to meet his fans.

One story that Hodder loves to share takes place after he completed one night of filming Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988). He was walking back to his dressing room, which was about a quarter of a mile away. Still dressed as Jason, he cut through the woods on a path to his dressing room. As he was walking, he crossed paths with a man. The man asked Hodder if he was in the new Friday the 13th film. Hodder, thinking that was a stupid question, did not respond, considering that he was standing in front of him dressed entirely as Jason. The man asked again. Hodder lunged and grunted at the man. The man took off running and tripping. The next day, director John Buechler told Hodder the local sheriff was going to stop by to discuss the incident with the actor/stuntman, but never showed.

 
Here are some well known facts on the man behind the mask, Kane Hodder
 
Real name- Kane Warren Hodder
Eye colour-hazel
Hair- dark brown
Status-married with two kids
Hobbies- reading a good crime book, puzzles,etc
Birthday-April 8,1955

Birth name
Kane Warren Hodder
Height
6' 3" (1.92 m)
Spouse
Susan B. Hodder (? - present) 2 children
Trivia

He played Jason Voorhees from 1988's Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) to Jason X (2001).

Says he's been told he was the largest baby ever born in Auburn, California (11 pounds, nine ounces).

Kane's favorite Friday the 13th role was Jason X (2001).

A good portion of his body was burned badly in a stunt mishap during the 1980s.

One funny story that he likes to tell is that during the filming of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), his dressing room was a quarter of a mile down this dirt road. One night, at 2 AM filming had ended, he was still in the Jason costume, and he decided to walk through the woods on a path to his dressing room, as he was walking someone approached him, and asked him if he was with the movie, he didn't reply, because he thought it was a pretty stupid question to ask, here he was standing in full Jason costume. The man asked again, Kane took a little lunge for the guy, and grunted. The guy took off running, tripping and running. The next day director, John Buechler told Kane that the local sheriff was supposed to stop by, but he never showed.

He spends time working with children in burn centers.

Among his contributions to the Jason Voorhees character, Kane said that Jason should never have to run after his victims, nor would he hurt children and animals.

He objected to the end of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) in which Jason is caught in a wave of toxic waste and reduced to a child, but the director disagreed with him.

Aside from being the only actor to reprise the role of Jason Voorhees, he has also been the only actor to play three of the most infamous horror icons in the history of horror films. Besides playing Jason Voorhees in four different films, he also played Freddy Krueger's gloved hand at the end of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) and did the stunts for Leatherface in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990).

Has the word "Kill!" tatooed on the back of his bottom lip.

Offered to reprise his role as Jason Voorhees in Freddy Vs. Jason (2003). But was turned down, because director Ronny Yu felt Hodder was too short and wanted an actor who would tower over Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) so he could create a David-and-Goliath sort of visual imagery between Jason and Freddy. Also, Yu wanted Jason to have more sympathetic eyes. Ken Kirzinger, won the role of Jason Voorhees, but the decision to not have Hodder return disappointed some fans of the genre, while other "Friday The 13th" fans were quite impressed with Ken Kirzinger's performance as Jason and felt he surpassed Kane.

One of his favorite death scenes from his tenure as Jason Voorhees was the scene in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) where he picks up the girl in the sleeping bag and bashes her into the tree, a scene he recreated in Jason X (2001). Ironically, Kane said that he actually had difficulty pulling the original stunt off because the dummy that was in the bag was heavier than he thought it would be, so he had to re-shoot the scene over and over again because no matter how hard he swung the bag the director kept telling him it didn't look right. On the final take, Kane was so fed up with the situation that he threw bag on the ground and kicked in frustration. That was the shot that ended up in the film.

Despite the roles he often plays (most notably Jason Voorhees), Kane Hodder has often been described as a very friendly man, and loves to meet his fans.

During his recurring roles as Jason Voorhees, Hodder has often disagreed with directors over things the script originally called for him to do. He'd be known to look at the director and say, from behind the mask, "Jason wouldn't do that."

A Seattle-based punk rock band has named itself Kane Hodder.

Says that 13 is a recurring number in his life. He lives in the 13th house of the 13th street of his neighborhood and has appeared in four of the Friday the 13th movies.

The indie-hardcore band 'Kane Hodder' was named after him. The band asked permission from Kane Hodder before naming their band such, which he happily granted.