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Richard Brooker

Richard Brooker
Richard Brooker at the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival, Nashville TN March 2013
Born November 20, 1954
Münster, West Germany
Died April 8, 2013(2013-04-08) (aged 58)
United Kingdom
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Stuntman, trapeeze artist, actor, director, producer, businessman.

Richard Brooker (20 November 1954 – 8 April 2013) was an English stuntman, perhaps best known for his role in Friday the 13th Part III as Jason Voorhees.


  • Life and career 1
  • Family 2
  • Acting Career 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Brooker, a former trapeze artist, started his career in acting in a casting magazine, "Dramalogue". He began his career in the third Friday the 13th film, and later appeared in small film roles in Deathstalker, Deep Sea Conspiracy, and the television series Trapper John, M.D.. Brooker later became a director, for such notable series such as Bill Nye the Science Guy, and worked as producer on several sports channels and programmes, such as Fox Sports, polo and horse shows. He later shifted from filmmaking and acting to business, creating his own website design company, Production Access Network.


Relationship = Shannon McMurray 1995 to 2000 Children = Madison McMurray Brooker and Cameron McMurray Brooker

Acting Career

From "Dramalogue", he was selected to be the third psychotic, deformed, machete-wielding serial killer Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III as director Steve Miner wanted a bigger man for the role (standing at 6' 3"). Notably, he is the first actor to don the now iconic hockey mask as Jason, which would later become the series trademark. He did all his own stunts and wore blue jeans and a sweatshirt for the duration of filming. Brooker also wore white foam padding under his sweatshirt throughout filming to give him a more stocky appearance, since Brooker was slim and toned in real life due to his former career as a trapeze performer.

Brooker died on 8 April 2013. The cause of death was a heart attack.[1]

He appeared in episode 7 of Hell's Kitchen's 11th season, which paid tribute to him at the end of its 18 April 2013 broadcast.

Richard Brooker enjoying his many fans at the Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival, Nashville TN March 2013


  1. ^ "RIP Richard Brooker". DreadCentral. 

External links

Preceded by
Ari Lehman (1980–1984)
Warrington Gillette,
Steve Daskawisz (1981–1984)
Actors portraying Jason Voorhees
Succeeded by
Ted White

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