Derek Mears is an American actor and stunt performer. The audience remembered him for his role in the film "Friday the 13th". Derek has starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Men in Black 2, Alita: Battle Angel and Gangster Hunters.
Biography and personal life
Derek Mears was born on April 29, 1972 in Bakersfield, California. He received his secondary education at Highland School in his hometown. In 2008, he married actress, director, screenwriter, producer and cameraman Jennifer Flack. After 4 years, their marriage broke up, and in 2012 they divorced. There were no children in their family.
Despite his intimidating appearance, Derek is a very thoughtful and serious actor. He tries to understand the motives of his characters and for this sometimes studies the relevant psychological research. An athletic figure and excellent physical shape allow the actor, with his short stature, to play thugs, dangerous criminals and even monsters. He has almost a hundred roles in film and television, and Derek does not intend to stop there.
At the beginning of his career, Derek was more involved in episodes or acted as a stuntman. Among the films with his participation, mainly rating films, but there are several that received negative reviews from viewers and critics. Derek's acting career began in the 1990s. Then he got a cameo role in the TV series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, starring Dennis Haskins, Dustin Diamond, Samantha Becker and Sarah Lancaster. There were 7 seasons in total. This family comedy was shown not only in the USA, but also in Germany.
Then Mears played in the famous medical drama "Ambulance" about the work of the doctors of the Chicago city hospital. The main roles were played by Noah Wiley, Laura Innes, Laura Seron, Deeser Dee and Mora Tierney. The series ran from 1994 to 2009. A total of 15 seasons have been released. This drama won an Emmy, Actors Guild Prize and Golden Globe. The series was seen by viewers in the United States, many European countries, Argentina, Japan and Canada.
Then Derek appeared in the 1995 film Destroyer. Nicole Eggert, Bruce Abbott, Susan Tyrrell, Peter Jason and Sarah Douglas have the leading roles in this fantastic horror film. The plot tells about the police officer Alice, who was killed by criminals. But scientists with the help of the latest technology were able to bring her back to life. Thanks to this, Alice became a biogenetically improved soldier of justice. She is armed with various state-of-the-art weapons.
In 1996, began filming the crime series "Detective Nash Bridges", in which Derek got the role of Thor Thornston. The main characters were played by Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jeff Perry, Jaime Gomez and Jody Lyn O'Keefe. The plot tells about the life and work of the lieutenant, the head of the special purpose department. His subordinates unravel the most difficult crimes. This detective series was shown in the USA, Germany, Japan and Estonia. Then Mears starred in the TV series "Malcolm and Eddie", V. I. P., "Passion". In 1998, he starred in the film Hurricane Festival, and a year later - in the drama The Amazing Office. Then he was invited to the series "Tick Hero", "Shield", "C. S. I.: Miami". 2002 brought him roles in the action movie Men in Black 2 and Love and Bullets.
In 2005, Derek starred in the films Werewolves and Zatura: A Space Adventure and appeared in the TV series Masters of Horror. Later he could be seen in "The Sarah Silverman Show", the crime series "Private detective Andy Barker", the thriller "The Hills Have Eyes 2", the fantastic action movie "The War of the Dinosaurs". He was invited to the TV series "Chuck", the action movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", the drama "Behind Bars". Then there were roles in the series and feature films "Sons of Anarchy", "True Blood", "Friday the 13th", "Gone into Hell", "Community", "SuperMacGruber".
Derek landed a role in Predators, Hawaii 5.0, Monster Talent Agency. He has appeared in the films Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Death Valley, Arena, Grimm, Scale of Aggression, Key and Peel, and Holliston. Then he could be seen in the dramas and action films "Common Cause", "Bang Bang Comedy", "Witch Hunters", "Red White Black Yellow", "Gangster Hunters", "Ax 3" and "Agents of Shch. IT ". Mears got roles in the films Venom: Truth in Journalism, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Sleepy Hollow, The Mighty Medics, Operation Dead Snow 2, Evil Manor, Lost Time and Flash.
In 2015, he began work on the TV series Live 20 Seconds. The actor got the role of Mike. Laura Napoli, Brian Bellomo, Jay Bogdanovich, Sheila Cook and Adam Green starred in this comedy horror film. The series was directed, written and produced by Ben Rock. Mears then starred in Grab and Run, Pop Star Don't Stop, Don't Stop, The Law of the Night, I Don't Feel At Home In This World, Gods and Mysteries and Twin The Peaks, Midnight, Texas, Orville, Rebirth, and the movie Alita: Battle Angel. Derek can be seen co-starring in the 2019 series Swamp Thing. His partners on the set were Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Virginia Madsen and Henderson Wade. According to the plot, a deadly virus appeared in the hometown of the famous microbiologist Abby. She meets a colleague and together with him tries to neutralize the infection. However, the scientist soon dies, and Abby suspects that after death he turned into a monster. The series was nominated for Saturn.