Life and Career
Mears was born in Bakersfield, California. He performed improv comedy at ComedySportz in Bakersfield. He graduated from Highland High School in Bakersfield in 1990.
Mears has numerous credits both as a stuntman and as an actor. He had minor roles in The Tick, ER, Alias, Nash Bridges, Men in Black II, The Shield, CSI: NY, My Name Is Earl, Mr. & Mrs Smith, CSI: Miami, and The Hills Have Eyes 2. His stunt credits include the films 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, and TV series such as Angel and Bones.
Mears got his breakthrough lead role in the new Friday the 13th film. He was recommended to the producers, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes, by make-up and special effects guru Scott Stoddard, who created the new look for Mears' character, Jason Voorhees. Due to Mears' height at 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m) he is one of the tallest actors who ever portrayed Jason, beside Ken Kirzinger, who stands at a similar height to Mears. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category for Best Villain for his portrayal of Voorhees, but lost to Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
He is contracted to return for either another Friday the 13th sequel or another film by Platinum Dunes. If Mears reprises his role as Jason, he will be only the second person to portray the character more than once, next to Kane Hodder. He portrayed a Classic Predator in the 2010 science-fiction horror film sequel Predators.
Mears appeared in Ultraforce 2 on the Superego Podcast. He also appeared in the American sitcom Community in the episode "“Romantic Expressionism". He appeared as a zombie, credited as "Master-at-Arms", in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Mears appeared with other Horror actor Tyler Mane of the Rob Zombie Halloween movie reboot in "Compound Fracture"
On June 5, 2013, it was reported that Warner Bros. relinquished their film rights to the Friday the 13th series back to Paramount as part of a deal that allows Warner Bros. to co-produce Interstellar. One week later, Derek Mears revealed that Paramount is working with Platinum Dunes to make a new installment "as fast as possible"
|2004||The Shield||Crazyhouse||TV series (one episode)|
|E.R.||Joseph||TV series (one episode)|
|Zathura||Lead Zorgon||Minor role|
|2006||The Hills Have Eyes||Larry|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Assistant of Davy Jones|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Josh||Cameo|
|The Hills Have Eyes 2||Chameleon||Minor role|
|Resident Evil: Degeneration||Curtis Miller/G||Motion capture|
|2009||His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th||Himself||Documentary|
|Friday the 13th||Jason Voorhees||Lead role|
|2010||Predators||"Classic" Predator||Lead role|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Master-at-Arms|
|2013||Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Edward|
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Cyclops|
|Cast and Crew|
|Crew||Tommy Wirkola - Adam McKay - Will Ferrell - Hans Zimmer - Atli Örvarsson|
|Cast||Alea Sophia Boudodimos - Bjørn Sundquist - Cedric Eich - Christian Rubeck - Derek Mears - Famke Janssen - Gemma Arterton - Ingrid Bolsø Berdal - Jeremy Renner - Joanna Kulig - Kathrin Kühnel - Lucy Ella von Scheele - Monique Ganderton - Peter Stormare - Pihla Viitala - Rainer Bock - Robin Atkin Downes - Thomas Mann - Thomas Scharff - Tommy Wirkola - Zoë Bell|