Gunnar Hansen, the actor who played with terrifying villain Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has expired.
The Icelandic-born actor, 68, died at his home in Maine, US on Saturday of pancreatic cancer, his representative said.
The 1974 movie depicts Leatherface and his family of grave-robbing hunts five buddies seeing with their grandfather’s country house cannibals.
Hansen’s character is “among the very most iconic evil figures in the annals of film,” said agent Mike Eisenstadt.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper, went to become a classic slasher film, which features a psychopath murdering victims that were several.
Six sequels were made, most recently in 2013 with Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Fans on Twitter rushed to pay their respects, and Grvyrd Shift Sisters tweeted: “I Have gotten a chance to hear Gunnar Hansen speak at horror cons a few times. So amusing, witty, and engaging.”
The British Film Institute added: “We’re sad to know that Gunnar Hansen, the first Leatherface, has passed away.”
Reykjavik- created Hansen moved to the US when he studied English and Scandinavian Studies in the University of Texas,
His representative said that Hansen published his book, Chain Saw Confidential, in 2013, detailing behind-the-scenes advice on how the movie was made. In it he disclosed that the inspirations behind the film had contained the fairytale Hansel and Gretel.
Hansen, a keen naturalist, also printed Islands at the Edge of Time in 1993, depicting his journey along America’s barrier islands from Texas to North Carolina.