Thom Mathews
Thom Mathews at Villa Oleandre in Lake Como, Italy June 2009
Mathews at Lake Como, Italy June 2009
Thomas Mathews

(1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 63)
Years active1982–present
Notable work
Friday the 13th
Karla Jensen
(m. 2014)

Thomas Mathews (born November 28, 1958) is an American actor who is best known for his roles as Tommy Jarvis in the Friday the 13th franchise (1986) and Freddy in The Return of the Living Dead (1985). His other film roles include Dangerously Close (1986), Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), and Nemesis (1992).


Acting and Friday the 13th

Mathews began his acting career in the early 1980s as a model and commercial actor, starring in national television commercials for Le Tigre, Sprite and Tostitos. From 1982 to 1984, Mathews guest starred on a string of soap operas including Falcon Crest (1982; 1984), Dynasty (1983) and Paper Dolls (1984). In 1984, Mathews portrayed Erik in the romantic comedy film The Woman in Red although he was uncredited.

His first major role was Freddy in the 1985 cult film The Return of the Living Dead. The following year, Mathews starred in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, being the third actor to portray Tommy Jarvis after Corey Feldman and John Shepherd. In 1987, he starred as Francis Kelly in the television film The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission. The same year, Mathews starred in the film Down Twisted and guest starred on the sitcom Mr. President. In 1988, he starred as Joey in Return of the Living Dead Part II and Charmin' in Alien from L.A.. In 1989, Mathews guest starred on an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse.

In 1990, he portrayed Tim Murphy in the television film Rock Hudson, Sonny Hilderbrand in the television pilot Sporting Chance, and David in the film Midnight Cabaret. The following year, Mathews starred in the films Bloodmatch and Born to Ride and the television short The Letters from Moab. In 1992, he starred in the film Nemesis. In 1994, he portrayed Bill in Kickboxer 4 and Dan Donahue in In the Living Years. The following year, Mathews starred in Heatseeker. The same year, he guest starred on an episode of ER. In 1996, Mathews starred in the television films If Looks Could Kill and Raven Hawk.

He reprised the role of Tommy Jarvis twice in 2017, providing his voice and likeness to the video game Friday the 13th: The Game and making a cameo appearance in the unofficial fan film Never Hike Alone[1] and its 2020 prequel, Never Hike in the Snow. Mathews now owns a construction company, Hammer and Trowel. Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne hired his company to remodel their home during the filming of their MTV reality show The Osbournes.[2]

Personal life

On May 10, 2014, Mathews married Karla Jensen in Los Cabos Municipality, Mexico.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Woman in Red Erik Uncredited
1985 The Return of the Living Dead Freddy Hanscom
1986 Dangerously Close Brian Rigletti
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Tommy Jarvis
1987 Down Twisted Damalas
1988 Return of the Living Dead Part II Joey Hazel
Alien from L.A. Charmin'
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood Tommy Jarvis Archive footage
1990 Midnight Cabaret David
1991 Bloodmatch Brick Bardo
Born to Ride Willis
1992 Nemesis Marion
1994 Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor Bill
In the Living Years Dan Donahue
1995 Heatseeker Bradford
1997 Blast Bill Uncredited
Mean Guns Crow
The Peacemaker Major Rich Numbers
Crazy Six Andrew Direct-to-video film
1998 Waiting for Woody Bike Messenger Short film
Sorcerers The Duke
2001 The Vampire Hunters Club Henry Pratt Short film
2009 A Letter to Dad Dan
2013 Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Himself Documentary
2019 Killer Therapy John Langston
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Falcon Crest Pool Guy #2 / Paramedic #2 2 episodes
1983 Dynasty Brian (Male Secretary)
1984 Paper Dolls Lewis Crosby 5 episodes
1987 The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Francis Kelly Television film
Mr. President Secret Service Agent Episode: "Private Moments"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Cal Episode: "The Heat"
1990 Rock Hudson Tim Murphy Television film
Sporting Chance Sonny Hilderbrand Television pilot
1991 The Letters from Moab Tom Television short
1995 ER Michael Mazovick Episode: "And Baby Makes Two"
1996 If Looks Could Kill Walter Television film
Raven Hawk Stiles
2000 Fail Safe Billy Flynn
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Friday the 13th: The Game Tommy Jarvis Voice and likeness


  1. ^ "Iconic Franchise Actor Returns in Must-Watch, 50-Minute 'Friday' Fan Film 'Never Hike Alone' - Bloody Disgusting".
  2. ^ "Friday the 13th films".
  3. ^ "George Clooney & Fiancee Amal Alamuddin Vacation In Cabo". TravelPulse. May 9, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2017.