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Ari Lehman: The ORIGINAL Jason in Friday the 13th

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 4:00 am by BGW

This is Jason Voorhees spanning all the Friday the 13th movies:

History of Jason Voorhees

If you noticed, the first caricature depicts Jason Voorhees as a little boy with a lop-sided head. Unfortunately, that’s the Jason we tend to forget about. Yeah, he’s not as menacing as the more popularized hockey-masked Jason, but he has that endearing “Elephant Man1” quality about him. That little-boy-Jason that you see there was played by Ari Lehman in the original Friday the 13th (1980), and is the focus of today’s offer. A full synopsis of the movie can be found here. But, for brevity’s sake, we’re gonna cut to the final scene in the movie which stars little-boy-Jason:

Jason Voorhees Boat Attack (Ari Lehman)

Friday the 13th

Alice2 saunters into a canoe which silently drifts toward the middle of the lake, perhaps powered by the full moon. The night hides what has been done in its shadows.

The sun rises, with the rays gently rubbing against the rippling water of the lake. Alice opens her eyes. It’s over, the nightmare, the horror. Suddenly an aquatic demon (the drowned Jason), reaches up from the depths and grabs Alice, pulling her into his watery grave.

Alice abruptly wakes in a hospital room. A policeman is there to piece together the bizarre events of the long night at Camp Crystal Lake. But when Alice mentions the child, Jason, who had grabbed her for death’s clutch, she is told that no little boy was found. No one was at the lake except Alice. Alice murmurs, “Then he’s still there.” After this ordeal, the waters at Camp Crystal lake seems calm and still. Then, suddenly a few bubbles start to surface. - THE END

Video of the Final Scene @8:00:

About Ari Lehman

Jason Voorhees (Ari Lehman) in Crystal Lake

Ari Lehman (born May 2, 1965) is an American actor born in Brooklyn, New York. He is perhaps best known as the first person to portray the young (original) Jason Voorhees in the film Friday the 13th. Although he was not the killer in the film (Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother was) and only appeared for a brief moment at the end, his cameo is considered one of the scariest and most memorable scenes in the horror film genre.

Ari Lehman, went on to take up a career in World Music, as a touring performer and recording artist. Ari uses his full patronymic Hebrew name, Ari Ben Moses, in his professional music work.

Height: 5′-9½” (1.77 m)
Spouse: Elaine Campos-Moya

Ari Lehman

Ari Lehman Trivia (IMDB):

  • He quit acting after Friday the 13th and found a career in music
  • Only spent four days on the set of Friday the 13th
  • He was concerned about the film Friday the 13th (1980), and so he didn’t see the movie until two years after it was released
  • Was the first of many actors to play the infamous Jason Voorhees from the long running Friday The 13th series

Other Cool Links:

Camp Crystal Lake T-shirts:

Camp Crystal Lake Shirt Camp Crystal Lake Counselor-In-Training Shirt

Yeah … they actually made a video game at one point:

Friday the 13th Video Game Ending

  1. John Merrick / Joseph Carey Merrick [^]
  2. played by Adrienne King [^]
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3 USER COMMENTS:

By Ari Lehman on 01/03/2008 at 7:07 am -

Wow! Many Thanks for this great article about me. I am now leading a different band, however. FIRSTJASON is the name of my Horror-Rock band. We have been touring around the US for the past year, performing at Horror Conventions and in Punk/Metal clubs. FIRSTJASON will appear at FEAR FEST 2 in Dallas Texas later this year. PLease check us out on YouTube or at www.FIRSTJASON.com. Rock On, and remember…JASON NEVER DIES!!!!!

By admin on 01/03/2008 at 1:39 pm - <- Administrator

Ari Lehman wrote:

Wow! Many Thanks for this great article about me. I am now leading a different band, however. FIRSTJASON is the name of my Horror-Rock band. We have been touring around the US for the past year, performing at Horror Conventions and in Punk/Metal clubs. FIRSTJASON will appear at FEAR FEST 2 in Dallas Texas later this year. PLease check us out on YouTube or at www.FIRSTJASON.com. Rock On, and remember…JASON NEVER DIES!!!!!

Never dies…literally!

This has been the pinnacle of OfferOfTheDay.com (besides the birth of the Furry Jerk), to receive correspondence from the great Ari Lehman.

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