Jason Voorhees is the main character from the Friday the 13th franchise. He first appears in the movie Friday the 13th (1980) as the son of camp cook-turned-murderer Mrs. Voorhees, portrayed by Ari Lehman.
Jason Voorhees has primarily been the antagonist in the movie series. Jason has been played by various actors and stuntmen throughout the franchise history. Kane Hodder is probably the best known actor to portray Jason Voorhees, having played him in four films.
Jason's physical appearance has gone through many changes over the years. Tom Savini's initial design has been the basis for many of the later incarnations. The trademark hockey goalie mask did not appear until Friday the 13th Part III. Beginning with Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Jason has been portrayed as having superhuman strength and near invulnerability.
Several toy lines have been released based on various versions of the character from the Friday the 13th films including this Funko Pop series and Jason's hockey mask is a widely recognized image in popular culture and horror.
Originally created by Victor Miller, Jason's final design was a combined effort by Miller, Ron Kurz, and Tom Savini.
The name "Jason" is a combination of "Josh" and "Ian", Miller's two sons, and "Voorhees" was inspired by a girl that Miller knew at high school whose last name was Van Voorhees.
Jason Voorhees went from deceased child to full-grown adult for Friday the 13th Part 2 and Warrington Gillette was hired to play the role.
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