updated 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Francis Warrington Gillette III, 22, isn't sure it helps in the film business "for people to know you come from a great family." He may be right, judging from his C-movie debut as the cut-and-kill ogre in Friday the 13th Part 2. The role, which required a six-hour makeup job (above), "wasn't fulfilling at all," concedes Gillette. Still, it did provide his first steady work since he dropped out of Villanova two years ago. The novice actor's great-grandfather on his mother's side was Joseph E. Davies, FDR's ambassador to Moscow in the 1930s and a husband of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Grandpa was Millard Tydings, a U.S. senator from Maryland for 24 years. Young Warrington grew up in the hunt country of Maryland, owned his first racehorse at 16 and competed for three years as a steeplechase rider. Determined to become "a self-made man by 30," he quit college after two years and enrolled in acting classes at New York's Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Since turning in his Friday the 13th fright face, he has screen-tested for a role on the CBS soap Search for Tomorrow. Although Warrington says he stands to inherit the family-owned Laurel Race Course outside Washington, D.C., he is banking on pictures rather than ponies for now. "I have access to a lot of money, and I could make my own movie," he says, sounding a little less self-made than he might. "Sylvester Stallone did it."