Ted White worked with John Wayne, Fess Parker and Clark Gable. Former marine Ted White of Texas was also close friends with Ronald Reagan
Ted White, who became famous in the horror film franchise for his role as Jason Voorhees in the 1984 film “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter,” passed away on Friday October. 14. He was 96.
White, birthed Alex Bayouth in Texas, passed away in his house located in Southern California at 8:30 a.m. Ted, his son Ted exclusively reported to Fox News Digital.
“He was a tough guy. Honest and told the truth, whether you liked it or not,” Ted stated. “The last of the blood and guts guys.”
White’s work in Hollywood wasn’t just limited to his Jason role. He started working in the business in the late 1940s in the role of John Wayne’s stunt man, and also worked alongside Fess Parker Clark Gable and Richard Boone among some.
“He loved the picture business and the stunt guys, and there were lots of actors and actresses that I knew that were phenomenal,” Ted stated. “So he appreciated, you know, the time he spent at it, and he appreciated the business.”
Jeri Bayouth, wife of White was the sole source of information for Fox News Digital, “He was bigger than life, and he was tough as a boot. A tender heart and a very generous heart. He took a lot of risks and a lot of adventures.”
White spent six years in the marine corps, before taking off his duties as an assistant lieutenant. He attended at the University of Oklahoma before getting married and moving out West to try his chance to appear in the film industry.
His son shared that White had worked with famous stars like “Rock Hudson and Fess Parker,” however, he still was a person who treated everyone just like the other and was able to tackle any task.
“He was good friends with Ronald Reagan,” Ted stated when he remembered the times his father would have haircuts from the president’s former on the Paramount lot during the day. “We had people over for dinner that were pretty famous, but he didn’t care about all of that.”
Ted thought, “I used to go to the Daniel Boone set with him, he was doing a TV show. 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.”
White’s film revival began with his involvement in the “Friday” franchise, which White chose not to acknowledge when it was released. first release. White was also approached to reprise the part, but declined the role.
White took part in a few documentary shows about the horror series however, he gained fame through the convention circuit, where he was able to truly connect with his fans.
“He kept getting questions and people wanted to meet with him,” Ted told me. “Then he was doing all of these events where you go and do signings, and literally thousands of people were there. I was at a couple of events with him, and he embraced it.”
Jeri acknowledged that listening to her husband tell stories of his past and discussing showbiz with his friends was something memorable. “We developed good friendships and relationships with many, many of the fans.”