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Jim Siedow (1920–2003)

Jim Siedow was a marvelously quirky and distinctive character actor who achieved instant cult favorite status with his terrific portrayal of the weary and irascible the Cook in Tobe Hooper's immortal and outstanding horror classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Siedow was born on June 12th, 1920 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Siedow first began acting in ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Houston, Texas, USA

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 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
- Miss Stardust (1987) ... Totzke (as Jim Seidow)
 1980 Hotwire
 1977 Red Alert (TV Movie)
Howard Ives
 1971 The Windsplitter
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 2012 Moxina (Short) (in memory of)
 2006 Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw (Video documentary) (dedicatee)
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 2007 The Fearmakers Collection (Video documentary)
 2000 Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (Video documentary)
 1988 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (Video documentary)
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 2009 Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (TV Series documentary)
Drayton Sawyer - The Cook
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (2009) ... Drayton Sawyer - The Cook
 2006 Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw (Video documentary)
 2000 The American Nightmare (Documentary)

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5' 11" (1.8 m)

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"I spent hours trying to figure out what I was going to do. How was I going to play this crazed cook? I didn't know what kind of director Tobe Hooper was. Fortunately, he was a very fine director -- he knows what he wants and he gets it out of you. I would've played it altogether differently if he hadn't told me what he wanted and it wouldn't have been as good." (on playing the Cook in "The Texas ... See more »


Was actually 20 years older than the actor who portrayed his grandfather in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). See more »

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