ByDean Round, writer at Creators.co
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Jason, Michael, Pinhead and Leatherface. These iconic movie villains love nothing more than hacking you to pieces or tearing your soul apart.

We could easily recognize them from their respective franchises, but what about the actors who portray these evil monsters, and the other acting credits they have to their name?

Below is a gallery of actors who have gone under some severe make-overs (or just put on a mask) to appear as some of the most notorious killers in movie history. Enjoy the read, and don't forget to sound off in the comments section below.

Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th (2009)
Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th (2009)

With over 140+ kills to his name, Jason sure knows how to use a machete. Left to "drown" in Camp Crystal Lake whilst under the not-so-watchful eyes of the camps' leaders, he soon emerged for vengeance.

Friday the 13th (1980)

In the 1980 original film, Jason doesn't appear too much on screen, waiting until the very end to make his shock appearance.

The young Jason was played by then-fifteen year old Ari Lehman. After the film was released, Lehman took a long hiatus from acting. He returned to the big screen in the 2006 horror film ThanXgiving, which he was also an associate producer on.

Ari Lehman
Ari Lehman


Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

In Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Jason was played by two different actors; Warrington Gillette and Steve Dash.

Gillette has not done much acting work, with only a handful of credits to his name. His other most notable films are both uncredited appearances in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) and Duplicity (2009).

As well as his acting credits, Dash has also been a stunt double for William Athertons character 'Walter Peck' in Ghostbusters (1984).

Warrington Gillette (left) and Steve Dash
Warrington Gillette (left) and Steve Dash


Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

In Friday the 13th Part III (1982) Jason was played by Richard Brooker. The actor, production manager and stuntman sadly passed away in 2013 at the age of 58.

During his career, he won a Primetime Emmy for 'Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development'.

Richard Brooker
Richard Brooker


Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) was another film in the franchise where Jason was played by two different actors (Tom Savini and Ted White).

Tom Savini has had an illustrious career. Not only is he an actor, starring in films such as Django Unchained (2012) and Machete Kills (2013), he has also worked in the makeup department, special effects, as a director, as a stuntman and as a producer.

Ted White was fifty four years old when he starred as Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). His acting credits include the TV series The X-Files (1993–2002) and he worked as a stunt player in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987).

Tom Savini (left) and Ted White
Tom Savini (left) and Ted White


Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), Jason is completely absent from the film. The real killer was a copycat loner called Roy Burns who was played by Tom Morga.

His acting credits include the TV series' Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005).

However, he has appeared in over one hundred films as a stuntman. These include the TV series Dallas (1978–1991) and Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985).

He has also acted as a stunt double for Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters (1984) and for Jeff Goldblumin in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).

Interestingly enough, he has appeared in two other films on this list, performing stunt work in Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1984) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986).

Tom Morga
Tom Morga


Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

In Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), the character was played by actors C.J. Graham and Dan Bradley.

Graham only has three acting roles to his name, the last coming in the adventure/comedy Highway to Hell (1991).

Bradley, on the other hand, has an impressive career as a stunt coordinator. Films that he has worked on include A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012) and The Expendables 3 (2014).

C.J. Graham (left) and Dan Bradley
C.J. Graham (left) and Dan Bradley


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) and Jason X (2001)

Actor, stuntman, producer and director, there's not a lot that Kane Hodder can't do. He has donned the infamous hockey mask four times in the franchise, his last appearance being in Jason X (2001).

His acting credits include Daredevil (2003), Hatchet (2006), Hatchet II (2010), Frozen (2010) and Hatchet III (2013). For his work in Hatchet (2006), he won the Audience Award for 'Best Actor' and the Jury Prize for 'Best Actor' at the Austin Fantastic Fest.

In 2016, he is down to star in over twenty movies including Night of the Living Dead: Contagion.

Kane Hodder
Kane Hodder

In Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Jason was also played played by Tim Mirkovich. The young actor starred as Jason when he was a child, and this has been his only acting role.

However, the thirty six year old has moved into the editorial department, working on The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) and the TV series South of Hell (2015– ) among others.

Tim Mirkovich in the make up chair
Tim Mirkovich in the make up chair


Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

In Freddy vs. Jason (2003), the hockey mask wearing villain was played by Ken Kirzinger and Spencer Stump (as a young Jason).

Although this was Stumps first and only foray into the acting world, Kirzinger has over one hundred and fifty credits to his name. Most of these have been behind the scenes, working as a stuntman or stunt coordinator in films including X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012).

Kirzinger's acting credits include the TV series' Psych (2006–2014), Fringe (2008–2013) and the film Joy Ride 3 (2014).

Ken Kirzinger (left) and Spencer Stump
Ken Kirzinger (left) and Spencer Stump


Friday the 13th (2009)

The last feature film that we saw Jason Voorhees was in the rebooted Friday the 13th (2009). In the film, the character was played by Derek Mears and Caleb Guss (as a young Jason).

Derek Mears has appeared in some notable TV series' including Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), Grimm (2011– ) and Sleepy Hollow (2013– ),

His film credits include Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

Guss has only a few acting credits to his name. The last one was in the TV series State of the Union (2008– ), where he appeared in an episode in 2010.

Derek Mears (left) and Caleb Guss
Derek Mears (left) and Caleb Guss


Michael Myers (Halloween)

Don Shanks as Michael Myers in Halloween 5 (1989)
Don Shanks as Michael Myers in Halloween 5 (1989)

If you walked around in a oh-so-seventies boiler suit whilst wearing a James T. Kirk mask, wouldn't you get a little knife-happy too? With over 110 kills to his name, Michael Myers knows how to get all sorts of groovy with a kitchen knife. Lets hope these actors stay away from the cutlery drawer.

Halloween (1978)

In the original 1978 film, Michael Myers was played by four different actors.

Will Sandin (in his first and only film role), played the homicidal maniac when he started his killing spree at the tender age of six.

By the time Myers reached the age of twenty three, the character was played by Tony Moran (The Ungovernable Force 2015, William Froste 2016, The Emerging Past Directors Cut 2016).

For the rest of the film, Myers was portrayed by two other actors; Nick Castle and Tommy Lee Wallace.

As well as his acting credits, Wallace also has a notable career on the other side of the camera. Among other films, he has directed Stephen King's It (1990) and Fright Night Part 2 (1982).

From Left; Tony Moran, Will Sandin, Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle
From Left; Tony Moran, Will Sandin, Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle


Halloween II (1981)

In the follow-up to the 1978 original, Myers was played by Dick Warlock. The actor has starred in over thirty movies, including When a Stranger Calls (1979), The Abyss (1989), Casino (1995) and Spider-Man (2002). If that wasn't impressive enough, his stunt work includes over 160 films.

Dick Warlock with a Michael Myers mask.
Dick Warlock with a Michael Myers mask.


Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

In Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) the villain was played by George P. Wilbur and Erik Preston (as a young Michael Myers).

In the sixth installment of the franchise [Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)], Wilbur would reprise his role as Myers. The actor is probably most famous for his stunt work, having been the stunt double for Duke (James Garner) in The Notebook (2004) and acting as the stunt coordinator in Cheap Thrills (2013).

From left; George P. Wilbur and Erik Preston
From left; George P. Wilbur and Erik Preston


Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Don Shanks is an American actor and stunt performer. He started his acting career in the TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977–1978) before having a small role in the TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982).

Interestingly enough, he has played another horror icon, starring in I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006). He played the role of 'The Fisherman' in the second sequel to the 1997 original, a remake of which will be hitting cinemas soon.

Don Shanks
Don Shanks


Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Chris Durand is an actor and stuntman. He has acted in the TV series Angel (1999–2004) and has performed stunts on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

Chris Durand
Chris Durand


Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Brad Loree was the last person to portray Myers on film. Starring in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) the actor has also starred in the TV series Supernatural (2005– ) and the film Lazarus: Apocalypse (2014).

Loree has also acted as a stuntman in nearly one hundred film and TV series' including X-Men 2 (2003), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Brad Loree
Brad Loree


Pinhead (Hellraiser)

From left; Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Stephan Smith Collins (Hellraiser: Revelations) and Jay Gillespie (Hellraiser: Revelations)
From left; Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Stephan Smith Collins (Hellraiser: Revelations) and Jay Gillespie (Hellraiser: Revelations)

The horror franchise Hellraiser consists of nine films, and also features in a series of comic books. The plot revolves around a bald man with a pin cushion for a head. For some reason, he doesn't take nicely to the human race and is destined to tear our souls apart.

Soon to be rebooted, Pinhead has amassed over 20 kills over nine movies.

Hellraiser (1987), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002), Hellraiser: Deader (2005) and Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

Doug Bradley has played the character of 'Pinhead' for the first eight of the nine Hellraiser movies. The actor has also done some voice work, namely as 'The Emperor' in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, and as 'Vitiate', the Sith Emperor in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan.

Doug Bradley
Doug Bradley


Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

In the 2011 film Hellraiser: Revelations, Stephan Smith Collins played Pinhead, and Jay Gillespie played Pseudo Pinhead.

Collins has appeared in some notable TV series' including Criminal Minds (2005– ), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– ), Castle (2009– ) and Franklin & Bash (2011–2014).

Stephan Smith Collins and Jay Gillespie
Stephan Smith Collins and Jay Gillespie


Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Looking like a snippet from a World's Most Wanted poster, all these actors put on the human face and revved up their chainsaws. If you're wondering why a Cher look-a-like is in the picture, that's Robert Jacks. The actor played Leatherface when he thought it would be good to slice-and-dice in bright red lipstick, a leather jacket and black wig. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

In 1974, the great (and sadly late), Gunnar Hansen donned the Leatherface to become a great horror icon in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The 6' 4" gentle giant has also starred in Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009) and in a flashback sequence in Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013).

Gunnar Hansen
Gunnar Hansen


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Bill Johnson starred as the chainsaw-wielding maniac in the second installment in the franchise. His other acting credits include Supernatural Activity (2012), The Caretakers (2014) and Kill or Be Killed (2015).

On top of his acting career, Johnson has also worked in the music industry, composing music for the films Night of the Dolls (2014), The Hospital 2 (2015) and the upcoming Skullbutcher (2016).

Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson


Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

Former professional wrestler R.A. Mihailoff played the role of Leatherface in the third installment in the franchise.

In 2010, he starred alongside Jason Voorhees actor Kane Hodder in the horror film Hatchet II. In 2015, he is due to appear in several more horror films, including The Taker, Incision and S/ash.er.

R.A. Mihailoff
R.A. Mihailoff


The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)

Remember when Leatherface looked like Cher from her 'Turn Back Time' video? Well, that rather strange incarnation, was played by actor Robert Jacks.

The 1994 film featured the song Der Einziger Weg ('The Only Way') which was both recorded and composed by Jacks. On top of this, the recording was made with Blondie star Debbie Harry.

On August 8, 2001, one day before the actor celebrated his 42nd birthday, he dies from an abdominal aneurysm.

Robert Jacks
Robert Jacks


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

In the 2003 reboot, Leatherface was voiced by Scott Martin Gershin. The actor and director is better known for the 100+ movies he has worked on as part of the sound department. These movies include Green Lantern (2011), Pacific Rim (2013), Riddick (2013), the TV series The Strain (2014– ), Nightcrawler (2014), The Book of Life (2014) and My All American (2015) among others.

The main character of Leatherface in 2003 and 2006, was played by Andrew Bryniarski. The 6' 5½" american has also starred in Batman Returns (1992), Scooby-Doo (2002), the TV series Burn Notice (2007–2013) and will star in the upcoming Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins (2016).

Scott Martin Gershin (left) and Andrew Bryniarski
Scott Martin Gershin (left) and Andrew Bryniarski

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

The last Texas Chainsaw film was released in 2013, and saw three actors featured as Leatherface. In the promotional poster, he was portrayed by Aj Stoan, an actor who has starred in True Lies (1994) and X-Men XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (2014).

When Jason appeared on screen in the 2013 film, Dan Yeager and Sam McKinzie (as a young leatherface) both played the character. Although McKinzie has not worked in any other films since, Yeager has appeared in a few short films. In 2016 he is due to star in another short film called Tawny and also in the horror film Befall.

Aj Stoan (left) and Dan Yeager
Aj Stoan (left) and Dan Yeager

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