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Posted on: June 7th, 2024

He had arguably one of the most iconic scenes in the Friday the 13th franchise, so it is with great sadness we learn that actor Erich Anderson has died.

Born in 1957 as Edward Erich Anderson, the actor would go on to appear in over 100 movies and television shows over his 40-year career.

In his feature film debut, Anderson was cast as Rob Dier in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Acting as an opponent to Jason Voorhees, Anderson’s character ventured to Crystal Lake to actively hunt the serial killer and avenge his sister’s death.

Ultimately succumbing to the hockey masked icon, Anderson’s shouts of “he’s killing me” as he is attacked have become quite the iconic demise. Anderson’s famous lines would later appear in Friday the 13th: The Game, this time uttered by Tommy Jarvis, should he not survive.

Following his turn in the slasher serial, Anderson continued to work steadily. His most notable feature roles being 1984’s Missing in Action opposite Chuck Norris, 1986’s Welcome to 18 with Mariska Hargitay, and Bat ’21 from 1988 starring Gene Hackman.

On television, Anderson made guest appearances in over 200 episodes of numerous shows. Most notably, he played Dr Edward Porter in the sitcom Felicity. Anderson’s character was father to the title character, played by Keri Russell, and he would appear in 12 episodes.

Anderson also guest-starred on shows such as The X-Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Outer Limits, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Also an author, Anderson published three books in his lifetime, including Hallowed Be Thy Name, and Rabbit: A Golf Fable.

Anderson’s passing was announced on Saturday June 1 by his brother-in-law Michael O’Malley. The actor passed away aged 67 following a battle with cancer.

Rest in peace, Erich.

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