Name: Kane Hodder
Born: April 8th, 1955
Occupation: actor, stuntman, author
Kane Hodder was born on April 8th, 1955, in Auburn, California. While you may not recognize Kane Hodder’s birth name, you’d certainly recognize the names of some of the characters he’s played. Hodder is most well-known for his role as Jason in the Friday the 13th films and has rounded out his career by working as a stuntman, actor, and author.
Hodder wasn’t always Jason. As a matter of fact, he didn’t start playing the role of Jason until Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. He was the first actor hired to portray Jason’s character multiple times, playing the role 4 times in a row.
Kane certainly hasn’t limited himself. Horror fans will recognize him as Victor Crowley from the Hatchet series, which consisted of three separate films. He was also the stunt man for the Leatherface character during Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.
Kane Hodder has worked stunts in dozens of movies dating as far back as 1983. Later in life he worked with author Mike Aloisi to write his own autobiography. Released in 2011, the book “Unmasked” outlines Hodder’s childhood experiences with bullying, his love for stuntwork, and the burn injury he struggled to overcome just as he was beginning his career in the 80’s.
A quick peek at his IMDB profile will who you that Kane is still a very busy Hollywood stuntman. He’s listed as being involved in at least 20 different films that are recently completed, in pre-production, post-production, or actively filming. While his total net worth seems to be a well-kept secret, it is estimated he might be worth about $7 million right now, considering an average salary of $100,000 for more recent films (like Jason X in 2001).
How much is $7 million, really?
It’s enough to equip 2,333,333 kids with cheap hockey masks for Halloween, if he wanted to. Of course, collectible masks from the Jason movies cost a bit more, so he’d average only 155,500 masks in that case, at around $45 each. How scary would it be to see a mob of kids dressed as Jason this Halloween!? We’re going to try not to think about it.