Gunnar Hansen

Gunnar Hansen, Original ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Leatherface, Dies at 68

Gunnar Hansen, Original ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Leatherface, Dies at 68

Horror movie fans lost a legend this weekend, with original Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Gunnar Hansen passing away at the age of 68 on Saturday at his home in Maine. The actor died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his agent Mike Eisenstadt confirmed to the Associated Press. Gunnar Hansen had lived in Maine for the past 40 years where he continued to act and write.

The actor was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1947, before moving to to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, then his family moved to Texas, where he went to high school and then the University of Texas. He majored in English and mathematics and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English. In the summer of 1973 he heard that Tobe Hooper was in town and was doing a movie and decided to give it a try. After interviewing with Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel, he landed the iconic role of Leatherface in the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ 'Leatherface Goes to the Carnival' Photos

‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ 'Leatherface Goes to the Carnival' Photos

Following the new photos that debuted yesterday, Lionsgate has unveiled two more shots from Texas Chainsaw 3D. Instead of focusing on the young cast members who are fleeing from Leatherface, these photos feature the chainsaw-wielding maniac himself, portrayed by Gunnar Hansen. Take a look as Leatherface brings his deadly chainsaw to the carnival in director John Luessenhop's 3D thriller!

Texas Chainsaw 3D was released January 4th, 2013.

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‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ Announces Full Cast

Lionsgate and the filmmakers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, the next installment in the long standing franchise, are pleased to announce the cast of the film, which picks up the story where the original 1974 film left off and will deliver a new chapter in the Leatherface saga with the goal of making it as horrifying as the original -- in 3D.

The cast includes an all new actor in the iconic villain role of Leatherface, an exciting cast of principle actors, and featured cameos by several cast members of the original 1974 film, famously directed by Tobe Hooper.

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