When it comes to on-screen body counts, Kane Hodder makes Michael Myers look like Mary Poppins.
The 64-year-old actor and stuntman claims he’s “murdered more people on camera than any other actor in history.”
“I’ve stabbed people, I’ve dismembered them, I’ve killed people in unthinkable ways,” says Hodder in a Great Big Story interview.
Considering that he played Hollywood’s most prolific horror killer Jason Voorhees — who has a kill count of 146 in the entire “Friday the 13th” film franchise, per HorrorEnthusiast.com — it’s no surprise that Hodder hacked his way into the record books.
The California-born slasher has donned the infamous hockey mask a whopping five times during his tenure, including once in the “Friday the 13th” video game. He played Voorhees the most times in the film franchise out of any other actors, including “Friday the 13th: The New Blood” (1988), “Jason Takes Manhattan” (1989), “Jason Goes To Hell” (1993) and “Jason X” (2002).
But he’s spilled fake blood as other cinematic serial killers, too. Hodder has acted and done stunts for 170 films and TV shows in his career of over 40 years. He played Victor Crowley in all four of the “Hatchet” films, Grawesome Crutal in 2015’s “Muck” and Ed Gein in 2007’s direct-to-DVD gorefest “Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plain View,” per IMDb. He also appeared in “To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story,” a 2018 documentary detailing his fascinating career as a stuntman.
The Great Big Story clip also shows the actor visiting burn victims at a hospital, where he shares a horrific story about a pyrotechnic movie stunt that literally backfired and left him in the hospital for five months and scarred for life.
“I had a fire stunt that did not go as planned,” he says. “I got burned over half my body.”
“I try to visit people in burn units as often as I can because it was crucial in my recovering, so if I could help somebody in the same way, I’m happy to do so,” Hodder says.
With an illustrious career as a faux serial killer, it’s no wonder fans are surprised that Hodder is “actually a nice guy” in real life.
“Pretty much any actor will tell you the people that play the most horrific, violent characters — those are the people that are very nice in real life,” he says. “It’s rewarding and somewhat exciting to know that I strike fear into people’s hearts.”
“Hopefully that doesn’t come off strange,” he says.