Sunday, January 20, 2013

Webster Whinery, Todd McBride's Stunt Double in Friday the 13th: Part II

Tom McBride (Mark) in Friday the 13th: Part II
Webster Whinery taking a ride for Tom McBride

Being the huge Friday the 13th geek that I am, I love to know who worked behind the scenes in the movie, especially the people doing and rigging the stunts. Here is one of the more infamous stunts in the movies; the character Mark (Tom McBride) and his wheelchair head backwards down the stairs after Jason plants a machete in his face.

Webster Whinery as "Mark"
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Webster Whinery, who also helped with Jason's window crash scene, did this stunt in place of McBride. Whinery has gone on to be a very prolific stuntman and stunt coordinator (he even worked with Tom Morga in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies). He has a son, Webster P. Whinery, Jr., who is also a very well-used stuntman.  Friday the 13th: Part II was Whinery's first credited role.

Webster Whinery


  1. VERY cool! I always keep saying that stuntman (and stunt women) are the unsung heros of the film & televisio business. They desurve better wages & benefits. Many of they are incredibly talented, care for others and help to take high risks that many of us wouldn't.

    That is quite the steep fall that he took, careening down that overly long staircase in Kent, Conneticut. I've seen photos and that was a wonderful fall that he took. Much respect for that. He appears to have taken fairly good care of himself & to have stayed in shape as most stuntmen have. Good on him, and very cool photos. :)

  2. I actually have a huge respect for stuntpeople in movies. it's like the Fall Guy show; they get no recognition. :)

  3. To Jack:

    Same here, bro. As ya know. ;-)

    Yeah I feel that way too as you right well know, ESPECIALLY about older stuntman & stuntwomen, trying to break into the business. Also before "Wi-Fu" work ad more green screen & CGI work, it was ven more difficult in some respects. And yes, others parished in the line of 35mm film work back then too (sadly), as well.

    I'll ALWAYS have respect for the men & women of the film & television industry's stuntwork line of duty. They desurve A LOT more industry recognition as well, too.