What happened to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre cast: From ditching fame to tragic deaths when the remake hits Netflix

Fans of the classic horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming Netflix sequel.

The long-awaited addition to the franchise was first seen in a new teaser released by the streaming platform last week.


The new version of Netflix hit the streaming service last week.1 credit
The Original Film Hit Theaters In 1974.


The original film hit theaters in 1974.1 credit

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released in 1974, and almost 50 years later, Netflix is ​​about to release an addition to the franchise.

The trailer for the new film, which stars John Larroquette, Mark Burnham and Alice Krige, was released last week.

Finally released on Netflix a few days after the trailer, the prequel sees chainsaw-wielding killer Leatherface return to screens.

While terrifying a new generation of viewers, the streaming giant has promised fans that in action, a killer is terrorizing a group of young teenagers.

It comes nearly 50 years after the original, which sold over 16.5 million theater tickets and grossed $30 million at the box office.

While many remember the cult horror classic known as one of the most influential horror films of all time, not all fans know what became of the iconic original stars.

Some of the OG stars, who were relatively unknown local Texan actors at the time of casting, went on to become world famous.

While others have enjoyed other off-screen careers, there has also been a fair amount of tragedy following the death of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters.

Here we delve into the lives of the early stars of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Sally Hardesty – Marilyn Burns

Marilyn Burns was born in 1949 in Pennsylvania before her family moved to Houston, Texas, where she graduated from the university.

She was one of the smallest actresses cast in the film as she made minor appearances in several films.

Marilyn was the first case in Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud before she appeared in Loving Molly and The Great Waldo Pepper.

She then landed the role of Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The character was a teenager who, along with his paraplegic brother and friends, visited his grandparents’ spooky old house.

It was there that the young heroine came face to face with the cannibal Leatherface, who tried to kill her with a chainsaw.

After the film, Marilyn received a number of roles in Hollywood, including Helter Skelter, a series about serial killer Charles Manson.

The series was nominated for an impressive three Emmy Awards.

Later in her career, Marilyn reprized her role as Sally in the 1994 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

She also made a cameo appearance in Texas Chainshaw 3D just a few months before her shock death in August 2014 when she passed away in her sleep.

Marilyn suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 65.

Marilyn Played Sally In The Movie


Marilyn played Sally in the movie1 credit
She Tragically Passed Away At The Age Of 65 In 2014.


She tragically passed away at the age of 65 in 2014.1 credit

Franklin Hardesty – Paul Parteyn

Paul Parteyn was born and raised in Austin, Texas in the 1940s before he enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War.

After returning from the battlefield, he began working in a restaurant at the theater, which aroused his interest in acting.

In 1974, his boss asked him to audition for Lovin’ Molly and he got a role in the film, launching his career.

He went on to play the role of Franklin Hardesty – Sally’s older brother – in the film franchise, despite auditioning for the part of the hitchhiker.

Following the film’s success, Paul starred in the 1975 film Race the Devil alongside Peter Fonda and Warren Oates.

He also appeared in the 1966 film Rolling Thunder before deciding to step back from the spotlight and return to his work with electricity.

Paul worked for Zenith Electronic Corporation for ten years before making a cameo appearance in the 1994 remake of Texas Chainsaw.

Paul tragically died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 60.

Paul Played Sally'S Disabled Brother.


Paul played Sally’s disabled brother.1 credit
Paul Sadly Passed Away In 2005 After Working As An Electrical Engineer.


Paul sadly passed away in 2005 after working as an electrical engineer.1 credit

Kirk – William Vail

William Vail was born in 1950 in Texas and immediately began his acting career when he was in his early twenties.

His first role was in the 1974 short film No Chance before he landed the role of Kirk in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

After the film, he went on to appear in other horror films Poltergeist, Implosion Man, The Mausoleum, and The Last Demon.

In addition to acting, William also worked as a set designer and helped create sets for a number of successful shows.

Among them were “The Craigslist Killer”, “Gilmore Girls”, “An American Tragedy”, “The Secret She Carried” and “Dead Before Dawn”.

His last acting success came in 2012 – as it turned out, the star disappeared from the spotlight and continued his life away from prying eyes.

William'S Last Acting Success Came In 2012.


William’s last acting success came in 2012.Credit: Facebook

Jerry – Allen Danziger

Allen Danziger was born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York, the same city where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in Social Psychology.

He stumbled upon acting at the University of Texas where he received a master’s degree and made his film debut in 1969.

Starring in Eggshell directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe, he decided to audition for a horror film.

He landed the role of Jerry, and despite the film’s success, he completely abandoned acting upon its release.

In 1978, Allen founded his own entertainment company, Three Ring Service, which organized corporate events and parties.

He currently lives in Texas with his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, living a normal life away from the limelight.

Alan Stays Out Of The Spotlight And Has Rarely Been Seen Since The Film'S Release.


Alan stays out of the spotlight and has rarely been seen since the film’s release.Credit: Facebook

Pam – Teri McMinn

Teri McMinn was born in Houston, Texas in 1951 and was a keen actress from an early age, enrolling in drama school.

She landed the role of Pam in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre after director Tobe and producer Kim Henkel found her in a newspaper.

After the first film, she moved to Los Angeles to study acting and then moved to New York to become a model.

The leg-and-foot model has appeared in a number of American commercials and advertising campaigns, as well as acting in theaters on the side.

Teri also starred in the 1989 thriller The Cellar and the horror film The Butcher Boys.

She currently lives in California and is busy working on a new film called Awakening, which stars Jeremy Miller and Steve Collins.

Teri Played Pam In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


Teri played Pam in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.1 credit
Teri (Right) Has Been Busy Working On A New Film Lately.


Teri (right) has been busy working on a new film lately.Credit: Facebook

Leatherface – Gunnar Hansen

Lead actor Gunnar was born in Iceland but moved to the States when he was a child, first in Maine and then in Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas before working as a computer operator and bar bouncer, as well as playing American football.

Gunnar then turned his attention to acting when he auditioned for the role of the terrifying assassin Leatherface.

He took his lead role very seriously and is said to have studied children with special needs in preparation for this challenging role.

After the film, Gunnar’s acting career took off and he starred in a number of thrillers, including The Demon Lover and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.

He also had roles in Campfire Tales, Mosquito, Freak Show, Exploding Angel, and the 1999 film Hell Block 13.

Gunnar has also been offered roles in a number of cult classic films over the years, but turned down several roles to play others.

In 2013, he returned to the screen in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, where he played Boss Sawyer.

Gunnar was also an accomplished writer, having published two of his own books, Edge of Time and Chainsaw Confidential.

The star has also written columns for magazines, worked on film scripts, and directed a number of documentaries throughout her career.

Gunnar tragically died of pancreatic cancer in 2015 at the age of 68.

Gunnar Played The Iconic Character Leatherface In The Original.


Gunnar played the iconic character Leatherface in the original.1 credit

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