Actor Richard Brooker, best known for playing Jason Voorhees in the third Friday the 13th film died earlier today from an undisclosed illness. He was 54.
Born in England, Brooker was a trapeze artist and horse trainer who traveled with circuses around the world. His first film role was in Friday the 13th 3, and only led to two other film roles in DeathStalker and Deep Sea Conspiracy. He went on to work in all aspects of production, both filmed and live. Brooker has coordinated stunts, produced live horse shows, produced daily television shows, directed 42 episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy, and various technical aspects of the entertainment industry. In 2006, Brooker won a Primetime Technical Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Vid-Wave Boxx, a "digital point to multi-point video transmission system for video assist and camera monitoring."
Brooker's turn as Jason Voorhees was one of the most memorable in franchise history, namely because he was the first Jason to don the infamous hockey mask, a symbol that has become more known with the Friday the 13th series than with the sport of hockey.
Brooker's death was announced by his former business manager Eric Branden on Facebook.