- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Icelandic-born actor Gunnar Hansen, who achieved Hollywood notoriety as the masked, chainsaw-wielding killer in the cult 1974 horror film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” died Sunday at the age of 68, The New York Times is reporting. The cause of death was reported as pancreatic cancer.

The 6‘4” Mr. Hansen was a working actor when “Massacre” director Tobe Hooper and his crew came to Texas to shoot their low-budget film. Mr. Hansen successfully auditioned for the role of the dim-witted killer who lives in a run-down home with several of his demented relatives.

The film spawned several sequels and a remake, but Mr. Hansen declined participation in any of them.

Mr. Hansen was also a writer who wrote from his home in Maine. At the time of his death, he was working on a new film called “Death House,” which Mr. Hansen co-wrote and whose cast list includes includes such other powerhouses of the genre as Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund. 

Mr. Hansen is survived by his partner of 13 years, Betty Tower, The Times reported.

 


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