A 6’3″ former nightclub owner, he was spotted as a potential Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when he was playing Jason in a night club act, impressing the casting people who were in search of a new Jason since the current Jason actor Dan Bradley was not coming across as imposing or powerful as they had hoped for. He played Jason in all scenes and stunts except for the Paintball scene which they had already filmed with Bradley which marks the third instance of two actors portraying Jason in the same film.
Graham reprised this role in the video for Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”, which was written for and featured in the film which blends footage from the film with some new footage.
Graham has only played two other roles – he appeared in the horror film Highway to Hell as the main antagonist, a heavily made-up, silent monster called the Hell Cop, and he played Elias Voorhees (Jason’s father) in the fan film Friday The 13th: Vengeance.
Graham is currently the COO of the Ague Caliente Spa Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, California.
According to an online interview with Kane Hodder, the actor who played Jason directly after Graham had, Graham actually had a chance to reprise the role of Jason years later in 2003 when the long-awaited film Freddy vs. Jason went into production and the producers of that film were searching for a new actor to play Jason; having decided to exclude Hodder after the four movies he had done as the iconic hockey-mask killer with supposed reasons ranging from his height compared to Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Krueger in that film, to the producers simply wanting to try something different with Jason. Graham’s agent wanted him to audition for the role again but Graham, both being a good friend of Hodder and feeling like the New Line producers were treating him unfairly with the re-casting decision, wanted no part in it. Ultimately, the role went to Canadian stuntman Ken Kirzinger.
Graham commonly visits horror conventions and loves to meet his fans and sign autographs. Hs website is here.
|Professional Photo Op|| $60 no costume|
|Friday the 13th: The Killers Gathering (all 6 guests)||$250|
|Friday the 13th: The Killers Gathering – Costumed (4 Guests)||$270|
|6:00pm-6:15pm||Friday the 13th Killers Reunion Group Professional Photo Op|
|6:45pm-7:00pm||Solo Professional Photo Op|
|1:30pm-2:30pm||Ending Up a Killer – Getting the Role Panel|
|2:45pm-3:00pm||Friday the 13th Killers Reunion Group Professional Photo Op|
|5:15pm-5:30pm||Friday the 13th Killers Reunion Group Professional Photo Op – COSTUMED|
|5:30pm-5:45pm||Solo Professional Photo Op – COSTUMED|
|12:00pm-1:00pm||Friday the 13th: A Killer’s Gathering Panel|
|1:30pm-1:45pm||Friday the 13th Killers Reunion Group Professional Photo Op|
Saturday, November 12
Main Stage in Steelcase Ballroom C
Ending Up a Killer – Getting the Role
Join C.J. Graham as he recounts his time behind Jason’s mask in the Friday the 13th series and exactly how he got the role.
Sunday, November 13
Main Stage in Steelcase Ballroom A
Friday the 13th: A Killer’s Gathering
Not your typical get together! Six of the actors who brought the towering, terrifying, never-dying Jason Voorhees to the screen will be discussing Friday the 13th, being behind the mask, stunts, and everything in between. There will be banter, stories, and memories to be had!