A 6'3" former nightclub General Manager in the Los Angeles, CA market, C.J. Graham was spotted as a potential Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when he was playing Jason in a night club act, impressing the casting people from Reel Effects who were in search of a new Jason since the stuntman wasn't coming across as imposing or powerful as they had hoped for. C.J. Graham even performed "all" of the character's stunts, underwater and being set on fire to name a few. He reprised this role for Alice Cooper's video for "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)", which was written for and featured in the film.
As of 2016, C.J. Graham has only played one other role – he appeared in the horror film Highway To Hell as the main antagonist, a heavily made-up, silent monster called the Hell Cop. As of 2010, at the time C.J. Graham was the General Manager at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, California. This is similar to Heather Langenkamp (of A Nightmare on Elm Street fame) and Richard Brooker (of Friday the 13th Part III fame), who are both full-time business owners and part-time actors (Richard Brooker is now deceased). He has been known to speak highly of his time as Jason, even claiming that he would reprise the role of Jason again if asked.
According to an online interview with Kane Hodder, the actor who played Jason directly after Graham had, Graham actually had a chance to reprise the role of Jason years later in 2003 when the long-awaited film Freddy vs. Jason went into production and the producers of that film were searching for a new actor to play Jason; having decided to exclude Hodder after the four movies he had done as the iconic hockey-mask killer with supposed reasons ranging from his height compared to Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Krueger in that film and the producers simply wanting to try something different with Jason. C.J. Graham's agent wanted him to audition for the role again but Graham passed. The role went to Canadian stuntman Ken Kirzinger. C.J. Graham commonly visits horror conventions, and enjoys meeting his fans and signing autographed photos or items. Jason Voorhees has become a global icon brand known throughout the world. C.J. Graham has respect for all the actors/stuntman who played Jason and their contribution to the iconic brand.
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C.J. Graham was scheduled in the role of Friday the 13th Part VII. Kane Hodder, who had worked with the Director of Part VII was very interested and convinced them to give him the role. Kane Hodder went on to do Friday the 13th Part VII through Part X.