Derek Mears

Derek Mears (born April 29, 1972) is an American actor and stuntman. Often appearing in horror and science-fiction titles, he came to prominence for portraying Jason Voorhees in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th. His film roles also include The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), Predators (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), and Alita: Battle Angel (2019). On television, he played the title character in the series Swamp Thing (2019).

Derek Mears
Mears at the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Lewisville, Texas, April 29, 2010
Born (1972-04-29) April 29, 1972 (age 48)
OccupationActor, stuntman
Years active1995–present

Life and careerEdit

Mears was born in Bakersfield, California. He performed improv comedy at ComedySportz in Bakersfield. He graduated from Highland High School in Bakersfield in 1990.[1] Early on in life Mears had a severe case of the auto-immune disease alopecia, causing him to lose almost all his body hair.[2]

Mears has numerous credits both as a stuntman and as an actor. He had minor roles in The Tick, ER, Alias, Nash Bridges, Men in Black II, The Shield, CSI: NY, My Name Is Earl, Mr. & Mrs Smith, CSI: Miami, Community, and The Hills Have Eyes 2. His stunt credits include the films Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Blades of Glory, and TV series such as Angel and Bones.

Mears got his breakthrough lead role in the 2009 Friday the 13th film. He was recommended to the producers, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes, by make-up and special effects guru Scott Stoddard, who created the new look for Mears' character, Jason Voorhees. Due to Mears' height at 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m) he is one of the tallest actors who have portrayed Jason, beside Ken Kirzinger, who stands at a similar height to Mears. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category for Best Villain for his portrayal of Voorhees, but lost to Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Mears did a lot of research on child development to flesh out the role of Camp Crystal Lake's notorious resident serial killer:

In the script, Jason watches his mother die in front of him. So I did research on, when you're that age how do your cognitive processes happen? How is the child supposed to be developing? I found out that at that age you're starting to be integrating into society, whether it's through group sports or group activities so that you find out you're not alone. I discovered that he missed that aspect. He was already an outcast from society for looking different and being disfigured, and his only connection to love and reality is his mother.[3]

He is contracted to return for either another Friday the 13th sequel or another film by Platinum Dunes.[4] If Mears reprises his role as Jason, he will be only the second person to portray the character more than once, next to Kane Hodder.[5][6] He portrayed a Predator[7] in the 2010 science fiction horror film sequel Predators.[8]

Mears appeared in Ultraforce 2 on the Superego podcast. He also appeared in the American sitcom Community in the episode "Romantic Expressionism". He appeared as a zombie, credited as "Master-at-Arms", in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.[9][10]

Mears appeared with other horror actor Tyler Mane of Rob Zombie's Halloween in Compound Fracture.[11]

On June 5, 2013, it was reported that Warner Bros. had relinquished their film rights to the Friday the 13th series to Paramount as part of a deal that allowed Warner Bros. to co-produce Interstellar.[12] One week later, Mears revealed that Paramount was working with Platinum Dunes to make a new installment "as fast as possible".[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wild Wild West Stunts
2004 The Shield Crazyhouse TV series (one episode)
E.R. Joseph TV series (one episode)
2005 Cursed Werewolf Minor role
Zathura: A Space Adventure Lead Zorgon
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Larry
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Assistant of Davy Jones
Pro-Life The Father
2007 Blades of Glory Josh Cameo
The Hills Have Eyes 2 Chameleon Minor role
2008 Semi-Pro Himself
Resident Evil: Degeneration Curtis Miller/G
2009 Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Lead role
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th Himself Documentary
2010 Predators Classic Predator Lead role
2010–2011 Community Kickpuncher Episodes:
"Intro to Political Science"
"Romantic Expressionism"
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Master-at-Arms
Arena Brutus Jackson
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Edward
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Cyclops
Hatchet III Hawes
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Himself Documentary film
2013–2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Irate Fan / Executioner / Mr. Hellman Episodes:
"Pee Wee Herman Wears a Halloween Costume"
"Patton Oswalt Wears a Black Blazer & Dress Shoes"
"Lizzy Caplan Wears All Black & Powder Blue Espadrilles"
2013 Grimm Krampus Episode: Twelve Days of Krampus
2014 Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Stavarin
Mighty Med Catastrophe Episode: There's a Storm Coming
Lost Time Mr. Elliot PsyTerror / Aliens
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Ninja
2015 Freaks of Nature Wolf
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Limo Driver
Live by Night Donnie Gishler
Red vs. Blue Ruben Lozano Voice (web series); Episodes:
RWBY Corsac Albain Voice; Web series
Episode: "Menagerie"
Slayaway Camp Jessica Minor role
2017 From Jennifer Butch Valentine
Twin Peaks Renzo TV series
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kree Captain Episode: "Orientation" Pt. 1
2018 The Flash Sylbert Rundine / Dwarfstar Episodes:
"Honey I Shrunk Team Flash"
"True Colors"
2019 Alita: Battle Angel Romo
Swamp Thing[14] Swamp Thing Main role
2020 Legends of Tomorrow Cameo, "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5"


  1. ^ "Herb Benham: Local actor plays lead role in new "Friday the 13th"". The Bakersfield Californian. February 12, 2009. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Price, Jason (May 1, 2009). "David Mears: Beyong The Mask". Icon vs. Icon. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Friday the 13th: Derek Mears". February 13, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Reflecting back on a killer weekend, can you say sequel?". Archived from the original on November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ "Date Set for Sequel to Friday the 13th Remake".
  6. ^ "Derek Mears talks FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 status". Fangoria. Archived from the original on October 21, 2009.
  7. ^ "Nimrod Antal's Predators Identified".
  8. ^ "More Official Stills of Derek Mears as the Classic Predator in Predators".
  9. ^ Chainsaw, Mr. "Exclusive Interview: Derek Mears". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "See Derek Mears as a Zombie in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Trailer!".
  11. ^ "Official Poster For 'Compound Fracture', Starring Derek Mears and Tyler Mane - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Warner Bros. Gives Up 'Friday the 13th' Rights to Board Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', The Hollywood Reporter
  13. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Platinum Dunes Partnering With Paramount For 'Friday The 13th' Sequel!!!". June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  14. ^ Squires, John (September 11, 2018). "Derek Mears Has Been Cast as the Creature in DC's "Swamp Thing" Series!". Bloody Disgusting.

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