There are so many people around the world who desire to be movie stars – to deliver dialogues and stunts as we see on the silver screen. While some get to achieve that dream, some others don’t. Again, out of those who do manage to break into the movie industry, some do it effortlessly while others have to scrap around and put in so much hard work both within and outside the industry until they are noticed for their talents. Amongst such people is Derek Mears who is famously known for acting as Jason Voorhes, the serial killer in one of the nine Friday the 13th movies that exist.
He has even grown more popular now that he plays the titular character in the new DC Television series Swamp Thing. Many do not know much about Derek Mears’ journey to stardom as he had to do several other jobs before becoming the star we have all come to know and love as an actor.
Derek Mears’ Biography
Derek Mears is an American movie actor and stuntman. Asides being born in Bakersfield, California on April 29th 1972, nothing much is known about his childhood, except that he graduated from highland high school in 1990. He tried his hands on improv comedy for a while before he went into movies. He originally wanted to be an actor but since he wasn’t finding it easy to break through, he got little roles as an actor and bigger roles as a stuntman.
His first movie was the 1999 film Wild Wild West. When he didn’t really get many roles in movies, he shifted his attention to television roles and began to appear in some episodes of TV series like The Shield, The Flash and others. He got his big break in the movie industry when he was given the role of Jason Voorhees, the lead character in the 2009 movie Friday the 13th for which he was nominated for Best Villian in the MTV Award but the award was scooped by Heath Ledger who played the role of The Joker in DC’s The Dark Knight. After that, he began to appear more in movies, as well as TV series, playing bigger roles. In 2019, He played the role of Swamp Thing in DC’s television series Swamp Thing which was unfortunately cancelled in June 2019, just one week after its premiere aired.
His stunt credits can be seen in TV series such as Angel and Bones and in films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Blades of Glory.
His Net Worth
He is said to be worth an estimated 3.5 million, most of which are from his acting career. This figure will most likely increase in the coming years.
His Ex-wife – Jennifer Flack
Derek, being a big man who most ladies find attractive, is very single at the moment but he wasn’t always single. He was at one time married to Jennifer Flack, an actress. The duo met in 2006 and started dating in 2007. In 2008, they got married in a small wedding ceremony in front of a few friends and family members. They were together for four years before calling it quits in 2012. They didn’t have any child together. He is currently single and lives alone in New York.
Height, Weight – How Tall Is Derek Mears?
Derek Mears is a huge man in terms of his body stature. He is the tallest actor to have acted the role of Jason Voorhees from the horror franchise Friday The 13th. He stands at 6 feet and 5.5 inches which is about 197cm and weighs approximately 90kg. The actor doesn’t have any hair colour as he is bald. His eyes are Grey.
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Other Facts About Derek Mears
1. He has done several stunts for the movie franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
2. He loved the game Dungeons and Dragons as a child.
3. He loves horror movies and television series better than any other genre. (Maybe that’s why he has featured in so many).