Derek Mears
Biographical information


Eye color


Hair color

None (bald)


April 29, 1972

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides

Character(s) portrayed

Stuntman (CotBP and DMC)
Master-at-Arms (OST)

Derek Mears (born April 29, 1972) is an American actor and stuntman. He is best known for his role as Jason Voorhees in the reboot of Friday the 13th. He worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean films as a stuntman in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, and appeared as Master-at-Arms in On Stranger Tides.


Early lifeEdit

Derek Mears was born in Bakersfield, California. He performed improv comedy at ComedySportz in Bakersfield. He graduated from Highland High School in Bakersfield in 1990.

Film careerEdit

In his life, Derek 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, and The Hills Have Eyes 2. His stunt credits include films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Blades of Glory, and TV series such as Angel and Bones.

Derek Mears got his breakthrough lead role in his best known role as Jason Voorhees in the remake of Friday the 13th. 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 ever 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.

Pirates of the CaribbeanEdit

Derek Mears worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean films as a stuntman and actor. His stunt credits include portraying one of Barbossa's cursed crewmen in The Curse of the Black Pearl, and as one of Davy Jones' crewmen in Dead Man's Chest. His only actor credit in the films was for his appearance as Master-at-Arms in On Stranger Tides.


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