Tobe Hooper

American film director, screenwriter and producer (1943-2017)

Willard Tobe Hooper (January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017) was an American movie director, screenwriter, and producer. Hooper best known for his work in the horror movie genre; his most recognized movie include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist.[2]

Tobe Hooper
Hooper in 2014
Willard Tobe Hooper

(1943-01-25)January 25, 1943[1]
DiedAugust 26, 2017(2017-08-26) (aged 74)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1969–2017
  • Carin Berger
    (m. 1983; div. 1990)
  • Rita Marie Bartlett
    (m. 2008; div. 2010)
Children1, William 'Tony' Hooper

Stuart Heritage of The Guardian described The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as "one of the most influential films ever made".[3]

Hooper’s first novel, Midnight Movie, was published on Three Rivers Press in 2011.[4]

Hooper died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles on August 26, 2017 at the age of 74,[5] and is survived by one son.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. p. 260.
  2. Tobe Hooper Biography (1943-)
  3. Heritage, Stuart (October 22, 2010). "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: No 14 best horror film of all time". The Guardian.
  4. Bowen, Chuck (August 4, 2011). "The Formulaic Shock and Awe of Tobe Hooper's Midnight Movie". Slant Magazine.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Saperstein, Pat (2017-08-27). "Tobe Hooper, 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' and 'Poltergeist' Director, Dies at 74". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-03.

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