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Actor Spotlight: Alex Diakun (Deckhand, Jason Takes Manhattan)

One of the greatest characters that emerged from the Friday The 13th film franchise is the Prophet of Doom. This character became one of many calling cards for the film series in the early 1980's which helped launch a global horror franchise into the stratosphere. After a six year absence in the franchise following Friday The 13th Part 3, the Prophet of Doom character was brought back for Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan.

Alex Diakun is a longtime veteran in acting as his resume spans four decades, being involved heavily in television and the occasional motion picture. His turn as 'The Deckhand' in Jason Takes Manhattan gave a familiarity to a film that otherwise seemed to distance itself from the earlier entries. Alex's talent can be found on display in numerous other television and motion picture projects besides his Friday The 13th experience..

He has appeared in such motion pictures as The Journey of Natty Gann, the 2001 slasher Valentine, Agent Cody Banks, The X Files: I Want to Believe, and most recently Locked in a Garage Band. In television, he has been apart of many pop culture shows from the 80′s, 90′s and today. Such shows include The Hitchhiker, Airwolf, Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun , Poltergeist: The Legacy, Millenium, The Dead Zone, Andromeda, and Supernatural.


Although Alex's character 'The Deck Hand' is not looked upon as one of the more influential components in the film franchise, his talent still lent something special to the role and he makes for a more than memorable character that fits in with the Prophets Of Doom of Friday The 13th! Alex has had a great career that continues to the present day, which in comparison to others that acted in the franchise, is far more successful than those Friday The 13th alumni from the 1980's that either stopped acting shortly after their Friday the 13th experience or never acted again.

Check out the IMDB page on Alex Diakun for more information on his stellar career!
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