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Derek Mears (born 29 April 1972; age 48) is a stuntman and stunt actor who performed stunts in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. He first worked as stunt double for actor Chris Freeman on the third season episode "The Xindi" and later appeared as an Orion guard in the fourth season episode "Borderland". He received no credit for his appearances. Mears was the first choice for playing the long faced bar alien in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek but was unable to shoot his part because of his time schedule. He recommended Douglas Tait who got this part. [1]

Mears always plays creepy or large aliens, mutants, or outsiders and specializes in wearing werewolf and vampire prosthetics.

Among his resume are films such as The Demolitionist (1995, with Dana Dru Evenson), Men in Black II (2002, with Jack Kehler, Mary Stein, Kevin Grevioux, Ransom Gates, and Alex Madison), Signs (2002), The Haunted Mansion (2003, with Wallace Shawn, Rachael Harris, and Michael McAdam), Cursed (2005, with Michelle Krusiec, Brian Avery, Joni Avery, Paul Eliopoulos, Anita Hart, Angela Meryl, Boni Yanagisawa, and Alex Chansky), two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films (2003 and 2006, with Tom Morga), World Trade Center (2006, with Jude Ciccolella, Tom Wright, Donna Murphy, Scott Leva, and Thom Williams), and The Hills Have Eyes II (2007, with Michael Bailey Smith and Jeff Kober).

Mears also appeared in several television series such as VIP (1999, with Lisa LoCicero, Faith Minton, and Karen Sheperd), ER (2000, with Lily Mariye, Joanna Miles, Scott MacDonald, and Christopher Michael), Alias (2001), Charmed, Angel, CSI:NY (2005, with Eugene Collier), and My Name is Earl (2006, directed by Marc Buckland).

He filmed stunt work for the sports comedy Semi-Pro alongside stunt performers Shauna Duggins, Ian Eyre, and Stacey Carino, and the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystall Skull, also alongside Shauna Duggins and Jon Braver, Lauro Chartrand, Kevin Derr, and Gary Wayton. Both films were released in 2008. Mears has also acted in several short films and short-lived series, such as Time Belt and Wade and Eric sold a Movie for Channel 101 and the short-lived comedy TV series created by the Channel 101 Community, Acceptable TV.

Most recently he portrayed Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. The film features Nana Visitor as his screen mother and Trek actress Kathleen Garrett and stuntman Michael Owen.

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