ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

I always find it kind of weird that movie characters can be so iconic, but the real people who played them are shrouded in mystery. Luckily, Dorkly took a look behind the masks at the real story behind such action and horror icons as Jason Voorhees, The Predator, The Xenomorph and more...

1. Jason Voorhees

Real name: Kane Hodder

Movie: Friday 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Insane Fact: Hodder is famous for playing Jason Voorhees, but he also played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Victor Crowley in the Hatchet movies.

2. Chucky

Movie: Child's Play (1988)

Insane Fact: Theatrical releases of Child's Play were protested by people who thought that the movie would incite children to violence!

3. The Predator

Real name: Kevin Peter Hall

Movie: Predator (1987)

Insane Fact: Hall tragically died, aged only 35, from AIDs-related complications after contracting HIV from a blood transfusion.

4. The Xenomorph

Real name: Bolaji Badejo

Movie: Alien (1979)

Insane Fact: The Xenomorph suit was fashioned from latex, but the separate head contained the moving parts of the infamous second mouth, operated by the wearer.

5. Hell Knight

Real name: Brian Steele

Movie: Doom (2005)

Insane Fact: Although the Doom movie was a critical and commercial flop, it's attained a certain cult status from fans of the original video game.

6. Pyramid Head

Real name: Roberto Campanella

Movie: Silent Hill (2006)

Insane Fact: Director Christophe Gans was so keen on helming the Silent Hill movie that he spent five years desperately trying to attain the rights to film the popular horror game.

7. Raptor

Real name: John Rosengrant

Movie: Jurassic Park (1993)

Insane Fact: Michael Crichton, who wrote the novel the movie is based on, also wrote the original book behind other huge hit films such as Twister, The Andromeda Strain, Sphere and Rising Sun.

8. Godzilla

Real name: Haruo Nakajima

Movie: Godzilla (1954)

Insane Fact: Nakajima actually donned the monster suit in Godzilla movies for over 20 years!

9. Stay Puft, Marshmallow Man

Real name: Bill Bryan

Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)

Insane Fact: Ghostbusters has been phenomenally successful, putting it on 'Greatest Movies' lists for Total Film, Entertainment Weekly, and AFI, among other top names.

10. Goro

Real name: Tom Woodruff Jr.

Movie: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Insane Fact: The original Mortal Kombat games kind of came about by accident - the creators originally intended to make a fighting game about Jean-Claude Van Damme!


Do you like seeing these famous action and horror icons unmasked?

Source: Dorkly, Wikipedia

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