Gunnar Hansen made one hell of a debut in the horror genre way back in 1974. He played Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s classic horror, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and to this day continues to scare horror fans with his exceptional performance.
Leatherface became one of horrors biggest, and scariest icons, and this was thanks in part to Hansen’s ferocious and ultra scary performance. One of the most famous moments was when Leatherface did his Chain Saw dance at the end, and in this improvised moment of madness, Hansen actually cut his leg on the chain saw he was swinging around.
Hansen died Saturday in Maine, he was 68 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Born in Iceland, he moved to Maine with his family at the age of 5, and then to Texas, where studied at the University of Texas. He is survived by his partner, Betty Tower.
After making such an impression on the horror community, Hansen continued to work in the genre up until today. He appeared in numerous horror films including Campfire Tales, Freakshow, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Murder Set Pieces, Chainsaw Sally and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Hansen was currently working on a film called “Death House,” which he wrote and produced, about a secret government facility where a horrific prison break takes place.