Horror Legend Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen Dies Aged 68

Gunnar Hansen, the man responsible for personifying crazed cannibal Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s classic horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has passed away aged 68.

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Gunnar Hansen’s legacy in the film world is one that is small in scale, big on reputation. Debuting in the horror movie that would become his most revered work, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre star is a unique legend; a folkloric “hero” of stalk and slash alongside monstrous contemporaries like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, whose faces were also masked from view. Perhaps what distinguishes Hansen’s Leatherface is that the character was less concerned about hiding his own face than about wearing someone else’s.

Acting wasn’t really for Hansen, who largely gave up the profession but did make some appearances in straight-to-video slashers. He concentrated on his first love – writing – for most of his life, authoring the non-fiction book Chain Saw Confidential in 2013 about his experience making The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Gunnar Hansen (March 4, 1947 – November 7, 2015)

Words by Daniel Stephens

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    Dan Grant Reply

    We all have to pass on eventually and even though 68 is obviously much too young to go, the best thing to do for those of us who loved his work, is to live by the adage, “Don’t cry cause it’s over, be glad that it happened.” Hansen is a legend and his work will live on forever. He’s probably up there having a beer with Wes and Alfred and some of the other horror legends.

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