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Cause of death  Pancreatic cancer
Role  Actor
Name  Gunnar Hansen

Years active  1973–2014
Occupation  Actor
Height  1.93 m
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Full Name  Gunnar Milton Hansen
Born  March 4, 1947 (1947-03-04) Reykjavik, Iceland
Alma mater  University of Texas at Austin
Died  November 7, 2015, Northeast Harbor, Maine, United States
Books  Chain Saw Confidential, Islands at the edge of time
Education  University of Texas at Austin, Stephen F. Austin High School
Movies  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Reykjavik Whale Watching, Mosquito, Chainsaw Sally
Similar People  Tobe Hooper, Marilyn Burns, Andrew Bryniarski, Edwin Neal, Ed Gein

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Gunnar Milton Hansen (March 4, 1947 – November 7, 2015) was an Icelandic-born American actor and author best known for playing the mentally impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).


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Early life

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Hansen was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, and moved to the United States when he was five years old. He lived in Maine until age eleven, when his family moved to Austin, Texas, where he attended both Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He majored in English and mathematics as an undergraduate and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English.


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His first job out of high school was as a computer operator before he began theater work during college. He was also a football player during high school and for a while a bar bouncer. In 1973, just after finishing graduate school, Hansen heard that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was being filmed in Austin and decided to try out. He got the part of Leatherface, the masked killer in the movie. Hansen apparently visited and studied children with special needs to determine mannerisms for Leatherface.

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After the success of the movie, Hansen co-starred in Demon Lover, but after the experience he decided not to continue acting, instead pursuing a writing career. In 1975, after one extra year of graduate school, Hansen moved back to Maine and started writing. During this time he rejected a part he was offered in the cult horror film The Hills Have Eyes.

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After writing (and occasionally editing) for magazines and writing books, Hansen returned to acting in 1988, appearing in the horror spoof Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, and appeared in 20 films since. He considered his later acting as a side project and continued to write books. He also wrote film scripts and wrote and directed documentary films.

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Hansen was also an author; his nonfiction travel memoir, Islands at the Edge of Time, A journey to America's Barrier Islands, was published in 1993. In 2013 he wrote the nonfiction book Chain Saw Confidential, which focuses on the making and reception for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In addition, he taught college as an adjunct instructor.


His agent stated Hansen died at his home in Northeast Harbor, Maine from pancreatic cancer on November 7, 2015 at the age of 68.

As self

  • Terror in the Aisles (1984) – archival footage
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait (1988)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000)
  • Leatherface Speaks: An Informal Interview with Gunnar Hansen (2001)
  • Behind the Attic Door: The Making of "Rachel's Attic" (2002)
  • UnConventional (2004)
  • Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw (2006)
  • References

    Gunnar Hansen Wikipedia