In the wake of Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives hitting theaters, the spinoff television series “Friday the 13th: The Series” premiered. An obvious attempt to cash in on the name brand of the franchise, the series had nothing whatsoever to do with Jason Voorhees or the same-named films; but it was not without its own unique set of charms. One of those charms came in the form of actor Chris Wiggins, who played an occult expert by the name of Jack Marshak. Today we’re sad to report that the veteran Canadian actor has passed away at 87.
Wiggins was a mainstay on “Friday the 13th: The Series,” appearing in 65 of the show’s 72 episodes that aired between 1987 and 1990. His character, Jack Marshak, was the sage old adviser to other main characters Micki Foster (Louise Robey) and Ryan Dalllion (John LeMay), owners of an antiques store who try to recover cursed antiques and put them into safety in their vault.
Of course, we’re barely scratching the surface of Chris Wiggins’ contributions to the entertainment industry by focusing on “Friday the 13th: The Series.” He has over 142 acting credits on his resume, appearing in countless television shows and TV movies dating back to 1956. Just a small handful of the shows Wiggins starred in and lent his voice to include “Mighty Thor,” “Spider-Man,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” “Star Wars: Droids,” “The Care Bears Family,” “The NeverEnding Story,” and even the animated series “Tales from the Cryptkeeper.”
To us, he’ll always be Jack Marshak. Rest in Peace, sir.