What happened to ORIGINAL Texas Chainsaw Massacre cast?


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Fans of the classic horror movie franchise Texas Chainsaw Massacre are eagerly awaiting the release of an upcoming sequel, which is set to hit streaming site Netflix nearly 50 years after the original 1974 film premiered.    

Netflix recently dropped the trailer for its highly-anticipated addition to the scary movie franchise, which will star John Larroquette, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Alice Krige, Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Olwen Fouéré, William Hope, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, Jolyon Coy, and more.

The movie, which is set to be released on February 18, will see chainsaw-wielding serial killer Leatherface returning to screens to terrify a whole new generation of viewers, with Netflix teasing that he will 'terrorize a group of young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.'

The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (which used an alternative spelling from the rest of the movies) sold over 16.5 million tickets and grossed over $30 million at the box office, instantly becoming a huge hit - despite being banned in several countries due to complaints about its violence.

But while the movie remains a cult classic to this day - what became of its original stars?  

The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is about to get a brand new sequel - 48 years after it came out. Pictured is the original movie poster (left) and the new sequel's movie poster (right)

Netflix has dropped the trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel to the 1974 horror flick, which will star Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Nell Hudson, Jacob Latimore, (pictured) and more

He's back: It's set to come out on February 18, 2022, and will feature the infamous Leatherface as he returns once again to 'terrorize a group of young friends in a remote Texas town'

Classic: The original Texas Chain Saw Massacre sold over 16.5 million tickets and grossed over $30 million at the box office, instantly becoming a huge hit

Walk down memory lane: But where are the stars now? In honor of the upcoming Netflix sequel, Femail decided to see what the original cast is doing these days

It has since become known as one of the most influential horror films of all time, and is credited with originating several elements that are now common in the slasher genre. 

It led to a massive franchise that continued the story of Leatherface through eight - soon to be nine - more movies (including prequels, remakes, and spinoffs), multiple comic book series, and numerous video games.

While making the flick, director Tobe Hooper purposely cast a group of relatively unknown actors, who all actually lived in Texas - where the film was shot.

But where are the OG stars now - 48 years later? Some of them went on to launch major acting careers, while others stepped out of the spotlight to pursue other careers. 

In honor of the upcoming Netflix sequel, Femail decided to see what the original cast is doing these days... from falls from the spotlight to complete career changes.

Sally Hardesty, played by Marilyn Burns

Marilyn Burns (pictured in Texas Chain Saw Massacre) was born on May 7, 1949 in Pennsylvania - however, she relocated to Houston, Texas, with her family at a young age

In 1971, she graduated from University of Texas with a degree in drama. She then had a few minor roles before she was ultimately cast as Sally Hardesty in Texas Chain Saw Massacre 

After starring in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Marilyn went on to act in Helter Skelter - a miniseries about serial killer Charles Manson. She is pictured in Helter Skelter in 1976 

Marilyn Burns was born on May 7, 1949 in Pennsylvania - however, she and her family then relocated to Houston, Texas.

In 1971, she graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in drama.

Her first acting role was as a tour guide in the Robert Altman's black comedy film Brewster McCloud. 

After that, she had minor appearances in a few other flicks - including the 1974 drama Lovin' Molly and the 1975 historical film The Great Waldo Pepper - before she was cast as Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Sally was a teen who, along with her paraplegic brother and her friends, went to visit her grandparents old home.

At the house, the group encountered a horrifying and cannibalistic family - lead by the murderous Leatherface, who wore a mask made out of human fleshed and tried to kill them using his chainsaw.

After starring in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Marilyn went on to act in Helter Skelter - a miniseries about serial killer Charles Manson.

Marilyn also acted in the 1976 horror movie Eaten Alive (pictured), the 1981 thriller Kiss Daddy Goodbye, 1981's California Cowboys, the scary movie Butcher Boys, and more

Other acting credits include the 1985 sci-fi flick Future-Kills (pictured) and a moved based on the Houston mass murders committed by lmer Wayne Henley, called In a Madman's World

She also reprised her role as Sally in the 1994 flick Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and made a cameo in 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D (pictured)

Marilyn sadly passed away in her sleep on August 5, 2014, when she was 65 years old. Her cause of death was an apparent heart attack. She is pictured in 2012 

In it, she played Linda Kasabian - a woman who was granted immunity during Charles' trial, in exchange for her testimony.

The show garnered a lot of positive response from critics and was nominated for three Emmy Awards. 

Marilyn also acted in the horror movie Eaten Alive, the 1981 thriller Kiss Daddy Goodbye, 1981's California Cowboys, the sci-fi flick Future-Kills, the scary movie Butcher Boys, a moved based on the Houston mass murders committed by lmer Wayne Henley, called In a Madman's World, and more.

She also reprised her role as Sally in the 1994 flick Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and made a cameo in 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Marilyn sadly passed away in her sleep on August 5, 2014, when she was 65 years old. Her cause of death was an apparent heart attack. 

Franklin Hardesty, played by Paul Partain

Paul Partain (pictured in Texas Chain Saw Massacre) was born on November 22, 1946, in Austin, Texas. Before he got into acting, he served time in the United States Navy

After that, he began working at an electronics manufacturing plant, as well as a restaurant that was inside of a theater - which is how he got into acting. Paul is pictured in the movie

After starring in the 1974 movie Lovin' Molly, he was cast as Franklin, Sally's paraplegic older brother, in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Paul is pictured with Marilyn in the movie

After starring in the horror movie, Paul went on to act in Race with the Devil and Rolling Thunder - before stepping out of the spotlight. He is pictured in Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Paul Partain was born on November 22, 1946, in Austin, Texas. Before he got into acting, he served time in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

After that, he began working at an electronics manufacturing plant, as well as a restaurant that was inside of a theater.

While working at the theater, he was asked to audition for the 1974 movie Lovin' Molly by the theater director, he got the role - beginning his career as an actor.

He was then cast as Franklin Hardesty, Sally's older brother, in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Although, it's been said that he originally auditioned for the role of the Hitchhiker. 

After starring in the horror movie, Paul went on to act in the 1975 flick Race with the Devil alongside Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Lara Parker, and Loretta Swit.

For about 10 years, he lived a normal life, working as a regional sales manager for Zenith Electronics Corporation. Paul is pictured in 2002

Paul (pictured in 2003) returned to acting for three more movies in 1994, 1977, and 2003. He married a woman named Jean, but unfortunately, he died from cancer on January 28, 2005

He then appeared the 1966 flick Rolling Thunder - before stepping out of the spotlight.

For about 10 years, he lived a normal life, working as a regional sales manager for Zenith Electronics Corporation.

But in 1994, he got back into acting when he made a cameo in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation as a hospital orderly. 

He then appeared in the 1997 movie Burying Lana and The Life of David Gale - a 2003 drama that also starred Kevin Spacey, Kate Winsley, Laura Linney, and others. 

Over the years, he married a woman named Jean E. Partain, but unfortunately, he died from cancer on January 28, 2005. 

Kirk, played by William Vale

William Vale (pictured in Texas Chai Ssaw Massacre) was born on November 30, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. His first role was in the 1974 short No Chance, where he played Lester Nolan 

Besides playing Kirk in Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he also made appearances in a few other movies and worked as a set designer. William is pictured on set of Texas Chain Saw Massacre

He helped make the sets for many big shows and movies over the years, including Lies in Plain Sight, Entourage, Young MacGyver, Gilmore Girls, and more. He is pictured in 2012

His last acting credit was in 2012, and he doesn't use social media, so it's unclear what he is doing now. He is pictured in 2012 

William Vale was born on November 30, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. His first role was in the 1974 short No Chance, where he played Lester Nolan. 

Besides starring as Kirk in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, he also made appearances in the popular 1982 movie Poltergeist as the Implosion Man, the 1983 flick Mausoleum as the Final Demon, and 1988's Glitch! as an angry valet worker. 

He also worked as a set designer, and helped make the sets for many big shows and movies over the years, including The Craiglist Killer, Lies in Plain Sight, Entourage, Young MacGyver, Gilmore Girls, American Tragedy, Nothing Sacred, The Secret She Carried, Deadly Web, The Enemy Within, Midnight Runaround, Dead Before Dawn, and more.

His last acting credit was in 2012, and he doesn't use social media, so it's unclear what he is doing now. 

Jerry, played by Allen Danziger

Allen Danziger was born on July 23, 1942. While studying at the University of Texas he got into acting, and was cast as Jerry in Texas Chain Saw Massacre. He is pictured on set of the movie

He didn't star in anything after that, but he did start his own entertainment company, called Three Ring Service. He is pictured in 2012

He currently resides in Austin and has a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. He is now retired and leads a pretty normal life out of the spotlight. He is pictured in 2012

Allen Danziger was born on July 23, 1942, in the Bronx, New York. He graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and Social Work in 1964.

He then headed to Texas, where he attended the University of Texas at Austin. While studying, he got into acting - and made his film debut in the 1969 movie Eggshells.

The film was directed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe, who then asked Allen to come audition for the flick. He ultimately landed the role as Jerry.

He didn't star in anything else after that, but in 1978, he started his own entertainment company, called Three Ring Service - which provided entertainment for corporate events and parties. 

He currently resides in Austin and has a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. He is now retired and leads a pretty normal life out of the spotlight.

Pam, played by Teri McMinn

Teri McMinn was born on August 18, 1951. She was cast as Pam in Texas Chain Saw Massacre after the director discovered her in a local newspaper article. She is pictured in the movie

After the movie, she moved to Los Angeles to study acting further, before heading to New York City to become a leg and foot model. She is pictured in Texas Chain Saw Massacre 

She acted in a few more movies - including 1989 thriller The Cellar and Butcher Boys, alongside her Texas Chain Saw Massacre costar Marilyn. They are pictured together in 2010 

Terri (pictured in 2018) currently resides in California, and is gearing up to star in a new film called Awakening, alongside Jeremy Miller, Steve Collins, and Thomas Connors

Teri McMinn was born on August 18, 1951, and grew up in Houston, Texas. After high school, she attended The Dallas Theatre Center, before going on to study at the University of Texas and St. Edward's University.

Teri was cast as Pam in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre after director Tobe and producer Kim Henkel discovered her in a local newspaper article. 

After the movie, she moved to Los Angeles to study acting further, before heading to New York City to become a leg and foot model.

She did numerous commercials and starred in many campaigns, while also pursing a career in the theater.

She also acted in a few more movies - including the 1989 thriller The Cellar and the horror flick Butcher Boys, alongside her Texas Chain Saw Massacre costar Marilyn.

She currently resides in California, and is gearing up to act in a new film called Awakening, which also stars Jeremy Miller, Steve Collins, and Thomas Connors.

Over the years, she has attended various horror conventions, paying tribute to her role in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. 

Leatherface, played by Gunnar Hansen

Gunnar Hansen (pictured as Leatherface in the movie) was born on March 4, 1947, in Reykjavik, Iceland but moved to the U.S. when he was five

Soon after finishing graduate school, he auditioned for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and was cast as the terrifying Leatherface. He is pictured with Terri in the movie 

It's been reported that Gunnar (pictured in the movie bottom left) studied children with special needs in preparation for the role

Gunnar Hansen was born on March 4, 1947, in Reykjavik, Iceland, but he moved to Maine in the U.S. when he was five years old - where he lived until he was 11.

His family then headed to Austin, Texas. He went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in English and mathematics. He then started graduate school. 

Before becoming an actor, he worked as a computer operator and a bar bouncer. He also played football in high school.

Soon after finishing graduate school, he auditioned for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and was cast as the terrifying Leatherface.

It's been reported that the actor studied children with special needs in preparation for the role.

After the success of the movie, Gunnar's career took off - and he landed roles in tons of movies like 1977's The Demon Lover, the 1988 black comedy Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, anthology horror film Campfire Tales, 1995 movies Mosquito, Freakshow, and Exploding Angel, and the 1999 flick Hellblock 13.

After the success of the movie, Gunnar's career took off - and he landed roles in tons of movies over the years. He is pictured in 2002

He was also reportedly offered a role in the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes, but ultimately turned it down. Gunnar is pictured in 2013 

Gunnar (pictured in 2013) was also a writer - and published two books of his own, including one which is about the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

He died of pancreatic cancer on November 7, 2015, at age 68. He is pictured in 2013 

In the 2000s, he continued to act, starring in Hatred of a Minute, the mystery Rachel's Attic, Next Victim, Sinister, Chainsaw Sally, Murder-Set-Pieces, Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen, Swam of the Snakehead, The Deepening, Gimme Shelter, It came from Trafalgar, Butterflies & Diamonds, Death House, and more. 

He was also reportedly offered a role in the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes, but ultimately turned it down. The movie went on to star Michael Berryman, Robert Houston, Dee Wallace, Susan Lanier, Virginia Vincent, and Peter Locke.

In 2013, he returned to the popular Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise for Texas Chainsaw 3D, where he played Boss Sawyer. 

He was also a writer - and published two books of his own, called Edge of Time: A Journey to America's Barrier Islands in 1993, and Chain Saw Confidential in 2013 - which is about the making of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. 

He also wrote for magazines, worked on film scripts, and directed a few documentary films over the years, and he also spent time teaching at a college. 

He died of pancreatic cancer on November 7, 2015, at age 68.