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Ted White aka Ted Bayouth in Hollywood
Ted White aka Ted Bayouth
Ted White was born January 25, 1926 and grew up on a ranch near Snyder Texas. He is a WW2 veteran turned stuntman and actor with over 60 years in movies. Known as Ted Bayouth in many of his films, White's acting career began when he played a marine in the 1949 film Sands of Iwo Jima. He was John Wayne's stunt double in Hatari! in 1962. He played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. His last two films are His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th where he played himself.

During World War 2, White fought in the four major amphibious assaults, with Iwo Jima being his final engagement. “We got pinned down on the black shifting sands for a long, long time,” he said, looking back. “And those were a lot of casualties we were taking at that beach.”

White suffered injuries from a Japanese cement block house blowing up and the gunfire from the .25-caliber machine gun inside it. He was taken to the hospital ship USS Comfort and then to a naval hospital at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Because of his injuries, White separated from the Marine Corps after six years.

After returning home to Snyder, Texas, White decided to use his scholarship and play football for the University of Oklahoma. He met Miss Oklahoma, they married, and he worked for a glass company. After having two children, they moved to California, where he started working for a friend’s car dealership. “I also worked for this airline company – he owned it, this man – what was his name?- Howard Hughes – for about eight or nine months,” White said casually, lighting his cigar.
 

White has had roles in several western films and in such television series as Daniel Boone, The Andy Griffith Show, Hunter, Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, usually in tough-guy roles such as police officers or hired thugs. He has also worked in Gone in 60 Seconds, Silverado, Major League, Starman, and Tron.

 

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Stars and Stripes: WWII Marine-Turned John Wayne Stunt Double Was Friday 13th’s Jason, Too

 
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