08 November 2015


*sigh* Yet another horror legend has left us in this horrible, horrible 2015. This time: Iceland-born American actor GUNNAR HANSEN who died yesterday from Pancreatic cancer at the of 68.

Hansen is obviously best known for being the very first LEATHERFACE in Tobe Hooper's groundbreaking 1974 classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre". He never got the chance to repeat his performance in any of the seven follow-ups/remakes/prequels in this immortal franchise (aside from a small cameo in "Texas Chainsaw 3D"), but hey: none of the other Leatherfaces became as famous as him, and his Leatherface will always be considered as the best and most intense one.

After his second acting performance in "Demon Lover" (1977), he decided to stop acting and started writing books and writing/editing for magazines, before he returned to acting in 1988 in Fred Olen Ray's slasher spoof "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers".

The rest of his acting career consisted of performances in trashy horror flicks, such as "Campfire Tales" (1991), "Mosquito" (1995), "Hellblock 13" (1999), "Chainsaw Sally" (2004), "Murder-Set-Pieces" (2004), "Brutal Massacre: A Comedy" (2007) or "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" (2009).
He also published the books "Islands at the Edge of Time: A Journey to America's Barrier Islands" (1993) and "Chainsaw Confidential" (2013).

Rest in Peace, Gunnar Hansen
1947 - 2015

1 comment:

  1. I met him at my horror convention in 2013 and this year. He was a very cool presence - and I'm glad I got a repro poster signed by him. He also did a great panel with Bill Johnson (Leatherface 2) where he discussed why he never returned to the franchise except for that cameo. He was also delighted that I had a copy of his Islands book - and he signed it for free. I think he was an amazing presence in the 1974 TCM - and I'm sorry he's gone. RIP Gunnar Hansen.


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