Movie star Jack Marks has died, his heartbroken wife announced.
The actor, known for his appearance in horror flick Friday the 13th Part 2, died after battling congestive heart failure. He was 86.
He famously played Deputy Winslow in the movie sequel, chasing killer Jason Vorhees through the woods before being brutally murdered with a hammer by the main character.
His wife Linda wrote in a note shared by his co-star Bill Randolph: “I am sorry to inform you that my dear husband, Jack Marks, died last week after a long, slow decline from congestive heart failure.
“I know many of you have known him in passing as he loved to entertain fellow elevator passengers and trade quips with security guards and neighbors, en route to wherever he was going.
“He spent his last two years mostly at home managing to enjoy his increasingly sedentary existence and keeping in touch with close friends. He received hospice care at home and briefly in Brooklyn, before he died peacefully, just short of 87 years old. We had been together 39 years.”
She went on: “Jack had a substantial acting career, both before and after we moved to Westbeth, twenty-odd years ago. He mostly did off-Broadway and regional theatre. His biggest venues were touring nationally as the father in Briton Beach Memoirs and dying heroically in the movie Friday the 13th Part 2.
“He was proudest of his starring dual performance in Athol Fugard’s play, Valley Song, which he performed on Martha’s Vineyard. He also relished performing the old man, Lazar Wolf, in three different out-of-town productions of Fiddler on the Roof.
“When acting work became more difficult to get, he took up writing, producing hundreds of vibrant short stories and a few poems.”
Jack also made appearances in 1988 film Anna and TV series Ryan’s Hope.
His final appearance on screen was in 1989, in TV show Tattinger’s.
Jack was wife Linda had been together for 39 years.