The actor played the iconic role of the masked killer Leatherface in the original 1974 film.
Gunnar Hansen just passed away at the age of 68. The actor and writer was best known for his role in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Hansen played the character of the masked killer Leatherface in the classical 1974 horror film.
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Hansen apparently died from pancreatic cancer. Hansen was 68 years old at the time of his death. The actor passed away on Saturday at his home in Maine. The news was released by Hansen’s agent, according to CNN.
At the time of its release Hooper’s infamous and influential Texas Chain Saw Massacre was a hit. The film went on to solidify Hansen’s presence in Hollywood history.
Gunner Hansen was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. Hansen moved to America with his parents at the age of 5. Hansen studied at the University of Texas in Austin. At the same university Hansen met Hooper Kim Henkel the Texas Chain Saw Massacre cowriters.
He secured the role of Leatherface due to his tall and imposing physique. For his role Hansen had to wear a mask and wield an actual working chainsaw. Due to the mask Hansen had limited vision and did not realize the risks until after the release.
In 2013 Hansen recalled he received virtually no money from the horror film in an interview. The cast and crew were given a tiny portion due to alleged financial irregularities by movie’s distributors.
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Hansen only received a mere $47.07 for the film. Hansen went on to play more roles in Hooper’s films. Hansen even had a role in the 2013 franchise reboot. Hansen published his memoir in 2013 called Chain Saw Confidential.