Tom Fridley, a name synonymous with the iconic “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives,” has intrigued fans for years with his memorable portrayal of Cort. But as the final credits rolled and the echoes of his on-screen adventures faded, many have pondered, “Whatever happened to Tom Fridley?”
Tom Fridley, born on February 15, 1965, in the United States, hails from a lineage deeply rooted in the entertainment industry. The son of Ellen Travolta, a renowned actress and sister of the legendary John Travolta, and James Thomas Fridley, Tom was introduced to the world of acting and performance from an early age.
Growing up in a family where creativity and artistic expression were part of the daily fabric, Fridley was naturally inclined towards the performing arts.
Fridley says got into acting, initially driven by his desire to buy a BMX bike and later a PA system for his band, leading him to audition for roles. His first job was in “Fantasy Island” in 1978, facilitated by his godfather, Martin Gage of the Gage Group.
Tom Fridley’s acting career, spanning from the late ’70s to the early 2000s, is marked by a diverse array of characters and genres, showcasing his wide-ranging talent.
Fridley’s career is studded with notable appearances, but it was his role in the ’80s classic “The Karate Kid” that marked a significant milestone. Despite his initial skepticism about the film’s potential, “The Karate Kid” proved to be a massive success, a fact that Fridley still marvels at today.
His foray into the horror genre with “Friday the 13th Part VI” was a departure from his previous roles. Fridley candidly admitted his lack of enthusiasm for horror films prior to this experience. However, the project turned out to be an enjoyable endeavor, albeit with its own set of challenges, particularly a physically demanding escalator scene that left him bruised but enriched with fond memories of the camaraderie on set.
Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, he continued to display his adaptability with appearances in popular TV series like “21 Jump Street” (1989) and “Charles in Charge” (1990).
A noteworthy aspect of his career includes sharing the screen with his uncle, John Travolta, in two critically acclaimed films: the gripping thriller “Face/Off” (1997) and the inspiring drama “Phenomenon” (1996).
Fridley has spoken warmly of his family ties to Hollywood, especially his relationship with his uncle, John Travolta. He takes pride in forging his path in the industry without leveraging his family name, emphasizing his desire to earn roles through his merit.
His last on screen credit was in 2009 for the movie “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!.
What Is Tom Fridley Doing Now?
Tom Fridley, now residing in Idaho, has shifted his focus from acting to directing and writing, embracing the creative aspects of the film industry from a new perspective. He is currently gearing up to direct a project and has also penned a film titled “The Preachers of Rock,” which narrates the journey of a talented cover band facing life changes as they approach the age of 50.
Despite stepping back from acting, Fridley remains connected to his roots in the industry, often attending fan conventions where he is celebrated by enthusiasts of “The Friday the 13th” series.