The Icelandic actor was famous for playing the terrifying villain in the 1974 film.
Gunnar Hansen who played villain Leatherface in original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, has died aged 68, his agent has confirmed. The Icelandic-born actor passed away on Saturday (November 7th) after suffering from pancreatic cancer, at his home in Maine, US.
We're sad to hear that Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, has passed away https://t.co/UH1SWDMpRh pic.twitter.com/aR31Ixk7kO— BFI (@BFI) November 8, 2015
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In our collective consciousness, Leatherface and his chainsaw have become as iconic as Freddy and his razors or Jason and his hockey mask. And it's all thanks to a goofy and only occasionally scary low-budget horror vehicle that started it all in 1974 (making Leatherface the ancient grandfather of his contemporaries). The story has been widely copied in the following decades: Hippie teens run out of gas and seek refuge at a backwater gas station; too bad a family of psychos are waiting in store for them. (In the last year alone this premise was copied nearly to the letter in both Wrong Turn and House of 1000 Corpses.) Over the years the film would spawn seven sequels or remakes (to date), including versions starring Dennis Hopper and Renee Zellweger.
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