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Gunnar Hansen, 'Leatherface' of 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Fame, Dies at 68

Gunnar Hansen, 'Leatherface' of 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Fame, Dies at 68
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Gunnar Hansen, known to horror-movie fans as the original "Leatherface" in the blood-and-guts classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974), has died at 68.

In recent years, Hansen had been a regular at autograph shows, and in 2013 published his memoir "Chain Saw Confidential." 

The actor was remembered as a gentle giant (6'4") whose personality was the opposite of that of his most famous character.

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At the time of his death, from pancreatic cancer, Hansen was slated to star in "Death House," a horror film which he co-wrote.

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