White played football for the University of Oklahoma. He then pursued a stuntman/acting career. In Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), White was approached because of his Marine Corps background when they needed a consultant for the layout of the island. That was when White met John Wayne and began doubling for him in 1952.
White has had minor roles in several western films and in such television series as Daniel Boone, Hunter, Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, usually in tough-guy roles such as police officers or hired thugs. He has also worked in Gone in 60 Seconds, Silverado, Major League, Starman, and Tron.
In 1984, White played hockey masked serial killer Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, after the director needed a large man for the part.
One of his most popular roles to date, he is considered by many fans to have been one of the best Jasons.