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Gunnar Hansen

Icelandic-born American actor

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

Gunnar Hansen
Gunnar Hansen photographed by Ryota Nakanishi (cropped).jpg
Hansen at Days of the Dead in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2012
Born(1947-03-04)March 4, 1947
DiedNovember 7, 2015(2015-11-07) (aged 68)
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationActor
Years active1973-2014

Hansen was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was raised in Maine and in Austin, Texas. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin. Hansen died of pancreatic cancer on November 7, 2015 at the age of 68.[1]

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