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Horror movie fans lost a legend this weekend, with original Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Gunnar Hansen passing away at the age of 68 on Saturday at his home in Maine. The actor died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his agent Mike Eisenstadt confirmed to the Associated Press. Gunnar Hansen had lived in Maine for the past 40 years where he continued to act and write.
The actor was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1947, before moving to to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, then his family moved to Texas, where he went to high school and then the University of Texas. He majored in English and mathematics and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English. In the summer of 1973 he heard that Tobe Hooper was in town and was doing a movie and decided to give it a try. After »
For many people growing up in the 1970s, Gunnar Hansen was horror. His haunting depiction of Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was nightmare fuel for generations, so it is with great sadness that we share the news that Hansen passed away yesterday at the age of 68.
According to Yahoo News, Hansen died of pancreatic cancer. At the time of his passing, Hansen was at his home in Maine. He is survived by his partner, Betty Tower.
Coupled with Hooper's immersive filmmaking, Hansen's towering presence and unflinching dedication to the role of Leatherface helped make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre one of the most highly regarded (and scariest) horror films ever made. Sadly, Hansen's Texas Chain Saw co-star Marilyn Burns passed away last August.
Though he's best known by many as Leatherface, Hansen didn't let the skin mask define him, as he was just as skilled »
- Derek Anderson
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