See the Cast of ‘Friday the 13th’ Then and Now
Audiences got their first taste of the ‘Friday the 13th’ franchise, which is now 12 films strong, when the original horror flick hit theaters in 1980.
The tale of gruesome happenings at Camp Crystal Lake didn’t do much for critics, but audiences ate up its grindhouse-style gore.
‘Friday the 13th’ certainly wasn’t a star-based film — in fact its biggest name at the time was coming off an almost decade-long break from films. However, the cast did contain one actor who went on to have a long, successful career, and another who belongs to a legendary entertainment family. See what the cast of ‘Friday the 13th’ is up to these days below.
Adrienne King, Alice Hardy
Then: Adrienne King played Alice, a teen camp counselor who was able to fight off the deranged Mrs. Voorhees. It was the then 20-year-old’s first real film role, which she reprised the next year in ‘Friday the 13th Part 2.’
Now: Because of the success of ‘Friday the 13th,’ King became the target of a stalker. Freaked out, she quit acting to focus on painting. She returned to films in 2010, starring in the horror flick ‘Psychic Experiment.’ She now has three films on the horizon, including ‘Gabby’s Wish.’
Betsy Palmer, Mrs. Voorhees
Then: In ‘Friday the 13th,’ Betsy Palmer was Jason’s mom, known simply as Mrs. Voorhees, who (spoiler alert!) does the killing as revenge for the mistreatment her deformed son suffered at Camp Crystal Lake. The film was a career booster for Palmer, who was a well-known TV and movie actress in the ’50 and ’60s but who hadn’t had a screen credit since 1972. She went on to appear in ‘Friday the 13 Part 2’ and later became a series regular on ‘Knots Landing.’
Now: Palmer, 85, last appeared in 2007′s ‘Bell Witch: The Movie.’ She turned down an offer to appear in 2003′s ‘Freddy vs. Jason.’
Harry Crosby, Bill
Then: Harry Crosby played doomed camp counselor Bill in ‘Friday the 13th.’ The fifth son of legendary singer and actor Bing Crosby, Harry had previously appeared in the TV movie ‘Riding The Pony Express.’
Now: Not long after ‘Friday the 13th,’ Crosby quit acting and became an investment banker, eventually rising to the position of managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston. A chip off the old block, the 54-year-old is known to sometimes sing at clubs and coffee shops.
Kevin Bacon, Jack
Then: In ‘Friday the 13th,’ Bacon was pot-smoking camp counselor Jack, who gets done in by an arrow to the neck. He played a supporting role two years later in ‘Diner’ before 1984’s ‘Footloose’ made him a household name.
Now: Bacon has been one of the more prolific character actors of our generation — hence the game ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.’ Over the past couple years he’s appeared in ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love,’ ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ’8,’ among other movies. He’s been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988.
Laurie Bartram, Brenda
Then: Laurie was counselor Brenda, who’s murdered after being lured into the woods by a child’s voice. It was the last and biggest role for the 22-year-old, who was also a ballet dancer.
Now: Bartram got married soon after ‘Friday the 13th’ and had five children. Sadly she passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 49.
Robbi Morgan, Annie
Then: Robbi Morgan played Annie, who is the first present-day counselor to die in ‘Friday the 13th.’ She made her acting debut 11 years earlier — as a 9-year-old — in ‘Me, Natalie.’
Now: Morgan hasn’t acted since 1984. In 1987, she married Mark L. Walberg (the game show host, not the former leader of the Funky Bunch) and they have two children.
Walt Gorney, Crazy Ralph
Then: You might remember Gorney as Crazy Ralph, who famously warned the counselors that they’re “all doomed!” The Austrian-born actor went on to appear in ‘Easy Money’ and ‘Trading Places.’
Now: Gorney narrated ‘Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood,’ making him the first actor to have two roles in the horror franchise. He passed away in 2004 at the ripe old age of 91.
Ari Lehman, Young Jason
Then: Lehman was 14 when he played young Jason Voorhees, and made his film debut two years earlier in ‘Manny’s Orphans.’
Now: Lehman performs non-Western music under his Hebrew name Ari Ben Moses. He also does the occasional film, including the 2012 horror flick ‘Deathwoods.’