We know, we know: lots of people have played Jason Voorhees. He wasn't even the main killer in the first Friday the 13th movie, and he didn't start wearing his iconic hockey mask until the third film, so we've seen the character go through some dramatic changes over the years. Ten actors have played the character so far, in fact, but we're going to have to choose Kane Hodder as the definitive Jason.
While he didn't even sign onto the series until Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Hodder's role helped bring Jason into a new age of slasher flicks and made him the hulking, unstoppable menace that we all love and remember. Furthermore, he's had the most experience playing Jason, as nearly every movie prior to Part VII had a different actor in the part. Donning the mask for four films (Part VII: The New Blood, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X), Hodder remains a horror movie heavyweight champion in our books.
In fact, Hodder's left an impact far beyond the Friday the 13th movies. He played Leatherface once (kinda, as a stuntman and stunt coordinator for Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), played Michael Myers (in a parody video showing the durable psycho learning how to drive), and even inspired his own documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, which he used as a forum for sharing his painful past with childhood bullying. And he isn't done with Jason yet: Hodder did motion capture work for Friday the 13th: The Game, offering fans a chance to be part of the action for a whole new series of slasher thrills.