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R.I.P. “Friday the 13th: The Series” Actor Chris Wiggins Has Died at 87

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.



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12 Comments
  • Marty McD

    Very Sad – however it did not premiere on CBS. It was a syndicated series.

  • RJ MacReady

    F13th: the series was a huge part of my childhood. I remember watching it every weekend for the first two seasons. I loved the cast, but Chris Wiggins was always my favorite. RIP Jack Marshak!

  • Convoy

    As a nine year old in 1987, you want to talk about being pissed after weeks of advertisement for the show on WPIX, getting hyped, and then there was no Jason! LOL!

  • He meant a lot to me, a voice of wisdom. He will be missed.

  • suckit15694

    Wow I just watched an episode of Friday the series last night !

  • The Drucifer

    Watching this again to honor the man. RIP good sir you were a big part of my childhood.

  • Pf Mahan

    was a better show than some of the Friday movies, Chris gave the series class

  • Abandoned_Being

    A very likeable actor. He will be missed.

  • Adam Paquette

    Been a diehard fan of Friday the 13th since the age of 13. (I am 30 years old now) Never watched the tv series…. it’s always a shame to hear of someone’s passing though (Unless it’s Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, or someone else that is currently destroying America’s youth)

  • Wilson Bro

    After reading of Bill Paxton, to be hit by the news of Chris Wiggins dying is a real punch in the gut. I remember staying up until 4.00am to watch/record Friday the 13th: The Series (or Friday’s Curse, as it was also called here in the UK) and always loved Mr Wiggin’s portrayal of Jack Marshak. Time to raise a glass in your honour, Mr W.

    Requiescat in pace.

  • mwgr

    Friday the 13th the series: The best horror TV series of all time

  • Batcat

    A wonderful character actor who blessed man a production. I remember him best as the father figure to Henry Winkler in the excellent(and underrated) “An American Christmas Carol.”
    He was also a very good voice actor, lending his presence to many beloved animated shows and films over his long career.
    R.I.P.

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