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Some very sad news: the man behind Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has died.
The news was announced by Hansen's agent, Mike Eisenstadt, who called Leatherface "one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema."
The 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper. To horror fans, Leatherface was the cannibalistic hero, protecting family from a group of trespassing teenagers with nothing but a chainsaw.
Hanson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. He moved to Maine with his family at the age of five. He worked as a computer operator after finishing school and began theatre work during college. Hanson studied English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Texas. »
Indie filmmaker and Chainsaw Sally director Jimmyo Burril says farewell to Gunnar Hansen. Gunnar popped into my life in 1979 when I snuck into see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at a midnight movie. The film changed my life, in the way I saw entertainment. Later as video made it easy to own your own copy of…
- Chris Alexander
Gunnar Hansen, who played the horrific killer Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s seminal horror film “Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” died Saturday in Maine. He was 68 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
His iconic scene in the 1974 film was the chainsaw dance, where he maniacally twirled a chainsaw after the final victim escapes. Hansen’s character in the movie “is one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema,” his agent Mike Eisenstadt told the Associated Press.
In 2013, he published a book “Chain Saw Confidential” about the making of the film.
Though he didn’t appear in “Texas Chain Saw” sequels, he went on to appear in other horror pics including “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” “The Demon Lover,” “Freakshow” and “Chainsaw Sally.” He was a regular at horror conventions.
Hansen was currently working on a film called “Death House,” which he wrote and produced, about a secret government »
- Pat Saperstein
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