GunnarHansenLast night, the horror world lost one of it’s most iconic actors as the original man to play Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen passed away. Gunnar Hansen passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer at his home in Maine according to his agent and he was only 68. Gunnar was actually born in Reykjavik, Iceland before his family moved to the United States where he lived in Maine till he was 11. His family would then move to Texas where he went to high school and the University of Texas. At the University of Texas, he would major in English and Scandinavian studies. It was the summer of 1973, when Gunnar had heard that Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel (writer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) were in town and so he decided to give it a try after doing some theater work in college. Obviously, we know that Gunnar had received the iconic role of the retarded killer, but after a role in the film The Demon Lover, he decided to quit acting to pursue his passion of writing. He was an editor a magazine for several years and a writer as well before he returned to acting. To us horror fans though, he will always be known as the original Leatherface. We will miss you Gunnar, R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen (March 4, 1947- November 7, 2015).

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