Gunnar Hansen

Gunnar Hansen

Highest Rated: 89% The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Lowest Rated: 36% Murder-Set-Pieces (2004)

Birthday: Mar 04, 1947

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Gunnar Hansen created one of the most iconic roles in the history of horror as the terrifying Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974). As it happened, this was the Icelandic native's first film role: he had auditioned for the film un a whim while he was attending graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin. Although Hansen appeared in one more horror film in the '70s, the comparatively little-known "The Demon Lover" (1977), his academic career took precedence. It wasn't until he appeared in the tongue-in-cheek genre parody "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" (1988) over a decade later that Hansen began appearing in films regularly. Throughout the '90s and early 2000s, Hansen appeared in a couple dozen low-budget horror films, many of which went directly to video. Throughout, he considered acting a sideline to his calling as a writer, editor and teacher. Gunnar Hansen died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 at his home in Northeast Harbor, Maine on November 7, 2015. At the time of his death, Hansen was working on the film "Death House" (2016), starring Danny Trejo and Robert Englund; it was the first film on which he had a screenwriting credit.


Highest Rated Movies



40% 39% Death House Screenwriter $22K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Won Ton Baby! Dr. Kurt Severson (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 25% Gimme Skelter Porter Sandford (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 42% Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Krenshaw (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swarm of the Snakehead Gunner (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deepening Dr. Chambers (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 22% Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen Reggie (Character) - 2005
36% 25% Murder-Set-Pieces Mechanic (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 0% Hatred of a Minute Barry (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Witchunter Michael Jones (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 33% Hellblock 13 The Executioner (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Repligator Dr. Kildare (male) (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Freakshow Freakmaster (Character) - 1995
60% 36% Mosquito Earl (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 12% Campfire Tales Ralph (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 45% Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers The Stranger (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Demon Lover Prof. Peckinpah (Character) - 1976
89% 82% The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Leatherface/Bubba Sawyer, Jr. (Character) - 1974


Old Man says: Where are the children? Did they get away?

Leatherface says: Uh-uh. Uh-uh.

Old Man says: (yells) - Are you sure?

Old Man says: (yells) Are you sure?

Leatherface says: Uh huh, uh huh.

Old Man says: (calms down, but then thinks for a second) - damn fool...YOU RUINED THE DOOR!

Old Man says: (calms down, but then thinks for a second) You, you damn fool. You ruined the door!