There are a variety of iconic horror movie villains that have popped up throughout the genre over the decades. A variety of which, in particular three very distinguished slasher villains, have actually all been portrayed by the same actor at one point or another. Actor Tom Morga has actually been a part of the franchises for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Halloween – where he played Leatherface, a Jason Voorhees copycat, and Michael Myers, respectively.
His stunt work and acting roles are spread across all throughout the horror genre and many other film genres, but it’s these appearances as slasher villains that tend to be particularly memorable for Tom Morga.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
In Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, Tom Morga played Leatherface during the film’s opening bridge sequence. While Leatherface was played by another actor for a majority of the film, Tom Morga still added plenty of personality to that interpretation of the character in the film’s opening.
Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)
Next up, Tom Morga played a Jason Voorhees copycat in Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning.
His character, Roy Burns, dresses up like Jason Voorhees and begins a killing rampage after finding that his son was murdered. It’s an interesting twist on material from the first four films of the franchise, and the film itself is rather underrated. Roy Burns collected quite the body count in that installment, and endured plenty of physical damage – he wasn’t such a bad followup to Jason Voorhees, honestly. Plus he technically did play Jason Voorhees himself during Tommy Jarvis’s hallucinations, aside from the opening nightmare sequence.
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)
Thirdly, and much like the case with Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, Tom Morga contributed to some of the Michael Myers scenes in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. He played Michael Myers in the earlier scenes of the film where Myers is covered in bandages. It’s truthfully better look for the character than the mask he picks up later in the film, and also marked the return of the iconic horror villain following his absence in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Tom Morga might not be the most well known horror actor, but he’s certainly left his mark with some of the genre’s most iconic characters.