Horror icon Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen dies at 68

Gunnar Hansen, who played the iconic “Leatherface” in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died. According to his agent, he passed quietly in his home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

Hansen was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, but moved to the Maine in the United States at age 5. He remained in Maine until age 11 when his family moved to Texas where he later attended high school and college. Upon hearing of a movie being filmed in Texas, he decided to give it a shot on being used in the film. He was interviewed by director Tobe Hooper and given the part of “Leatherface” the killer, in Hooper’s film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Over the years, Gunnar had several jobs such as magazine editor, web designer, screenplay writer, and he occasionally acted and produced. But it was his role in TCM that has forever cemented his legacy as one of the most terrifying and influential characters in horror movie history.

We here at House by the Video Store would like to send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Hansen. May he rest in peace. The Saw Is Family.

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