Actor Gunnar Hansen, best-known for playing in-bred cannibal Leatherface in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre", has died at age 68.
Actor Gunnar Hansen, best-known for playing in-bred cannibal Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, has died at age 68.
The Icelandic-born American actor died on November 7 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, reported Independent online.
According to his agent, Hansen died at his home in Maine, where he lived for 40 years.
Hansen moved to Maine from Reykjavik at the age of five with his family. They then re-located to Texas, where he attended high school and university.
He secured the part of Leatherface just after finishing graduate school after he heard it was being filmed in Austin.
The cult horror film saw Hansen playing a murderous outcast, in which he wore a gruesome mask made of human skin from his victim and wielded a chainsaw.
The 1974 film was his first success and led him to go on to play a number of roles in other horror films, including the 3D remake of the original.
In total, he appeared in 28 films, worked as a magazine editor and wrote several screenplays, books and documentaries.
He even played the role of the captain in an Icelandic film, “Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre” in 2009.