Ted White, best known in the global horror series for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in the 1984 film “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” passed away on Friday, October 14.
White, who was born Alex Byuth in Texas, died at his home in Southern California at 8:30 a.m., his son, Ted exclusively for Fox News Digital.
“He was a tough guy,” said Ted. “Be honest and tell the truth, whether you like it or not.” “Last men of courage and blood.”
Wyatt’s Hollywood career wasn’t limited to his character in Jason. He began working in the industry in the late 1940s as a John Wayne stunt double, and has also worked with Fess Parker, Clark Gable, and Richard Boone, to name a few.
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“He loved making pictures and making funny guys, and there were a lot of actors and actresses that I knew were amazing,” Ted said. “So he appreciated, you know, the time he spent on it, he appreciated the work.”
White’s wife, Jerry Pyuth, told Fox News Digital exclusively, “He was larger than life, tough as a party. A tender heart and a very generous heart. He took so many risks and so many adventures.”
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White served for six years in the Marine Corps before resigning from his duties as a second lieutenant. He went to the University of Oklahoma before marriage and went out to the West for a chance to be shown on the big screen.
His son explained that White had worked with superstars like “Rock Hudson and Vass Parker,” but he still treated everyone like the next and was ready to work at any job.
“He was a good friend of Ronald Reagan,” said Ted, remembering how his father was cutting his hair with the former president in Paramount Square that day. “We had people at dinner who were very famous, but he just didn’t care about all that.”
Ted remembered, “I was going to the set of Daniel Boone with him, he was doing a TV show. One day, he hit a corner of the podium and he’s falling hard, and next thing you know, they’re taking him away in an ambulance, and he’s waving at me as he’s going away.”
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White’s re-emergence came with the “Friday” franchise, which chose not to take credit at the time of its initial release. He was also asked to return to the role, but turned down the part.
White has appeared in a few documentaries about the horror franchise, but he has found fame on the convention circuit where he has been able to 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 you make engagements, and there were literally thousands of people. I was on a couple of occasions with him, and he adopted that.”
Jerry agreed that watching her husband tell stories from the past and talk about business with his community was always something special. “We have developed good friendships and relationships with many, many fans.”
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