Alive (except in TCM2 timeline)
Date of Birth
August 1939 (Thomas Hewitt)
Leatherface is the main antagonist in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. He wears a mask made from the skin of his victims, and his main weapon is a chainsaw. He is also a cannibal.
Bubba Sawyer Edit
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Edit
Leatherface's first appearance is in the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. He first appears when Kirk and Pam went to his house for gasoline. When Kirk entered, Leatherface lunged out and struck him in the neck with a hammer. Kirk's body throws a seizure after the blow, and Leatherface finishes him off with another strike to the face before dragging his body away. Shortly after Pam entered looking for Kirk, but upon discovery of the gruesome furniture and decorations built from human and animal remains she tries to flee but is caught by Leatherface before she can get past the front porch. He hangs her on a meat hook and then starts tearing Kirk's body apart with his chainsaw, letting Pam watch helplessly.
Soon Jerry comes to look for his friends and finds Pam inside a freezer but Leatherface suddenly appears, kills Jerry with his hammer and stuffs Pam back in the freezer. At night, Leatherface attacks Sally and Franklin in the woods with his chainsaw; Franklin gets ripped apart but Sally gets away. Leatherface chases her until she reaches Drayton's Gas Station, where she is abducted by Drayton and taken back to the house. When the family returns, Leatherface cooks the dinner and helps Grandpa suck Sally's blood. When Sally wakes up, she starts disturbing the family with her screams and they decide to let Grandpa kill her. But Grandpa is too old to even hit Sally's head with a hammer. Frustrated, his family help him, which allows Sally to escape.
Leatherface and Nubbins start chasing her, but Nubbins gets run over by a passing truck. Leatherface tries to attack the driver and Sally, but the driver throws a wrench to Leatherface's head and sends him to the ground; his chainsaw falls on his right leg and shears off a chunk of flesh. Wounded, Leatherface does his last try to kill the girl but she escapes in a passing pick up truck. Leatherface then waves his chainsaw around in frustation.Portrayed by Gunnar Hansen
Leatherface is never seen without his mask on. He doesn't talk, though he does moan and make guttural vocal sounds. He is also severely mentally retarded, and not so much evil or sadistic like other slashers like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Apparently he kills in "self defense" because he feels threatened, and is afraid of the new people entering his house.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 EditLeatherface returned in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, killing two drunks named Rick "the Prick" and Buzz. When their deaths were broadcasted by Stretch on radio, Leatherface and Chop Top went to the radio station to kill Stretch and LG, and presumably eat them. As Chop Top attacked LG, Leatherface attacked Stretch, but soon fell in love with her, and refused to kill her, pretending to Chop Top that he did. When she entered the cannibals' hideout, Leatherface skinned LG (he survived for a few moments before he died of blood loss) and put the skin of his face on her head (like the masks he wears).
Eventually Drayton and Chop Top found Stretch. Leatherface refused to kill her, but made no effort to stop Grandpa from trying to kill her with a hammer. When Grandpa, again, proved too old and frail, Drayton hit her on the head with a hammer, but before he could kill her, Lefty Enright appeared and fought Leatherface in a chainsaw battle. Lefty impaled Leatherface with his chainsaw, but he was still able to fight back. Drayton, meanwhile, set off a grenade under the table where they were fighting. Grandpa threw a hammer at Lefty, but hit Leatherface instead, and he fell, his chainsaw going through the table and striking Drayton, who dropped the grenade, which exploded, killing Leatherface, Grandpa, Lefty, and Drayton.
Portrayed by Bill Johnson
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Edit
With his character being killed off in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a new continuity was created with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. In this film, Leatherface has a different family in this film, and wears a different mask, with longer hair. He has a bigger family and even a daughter (possibly from a rape victim or kidnapping). He is first seen at the beginning of the film killing a girl called Gina and making a mask with her skin; he later hears Sara spying him but she escapes. He then is seen attacking Michelle and Ryan in the road with his chainsaw after their car stops. They later knock out him with the car and escape.
He attacks again in the forest chasing Michelle, Ryan, Benny and Sara. Leatherface founds Sara and kills her. After Ryan gets trapped in a trap, he brings him back to the house, followed by Michelle. He arrives at the house and receives a new chainsaw build by Tinker. He leaves Ryan in the kitchen and goes to his room to learn vocabulary with a machine but the word that he can write is "food". He then brings a music player to the kitchen but Tinker throws it to the inside of the stove. Angry, Leatherface makes Tinker get the player out of the stove with his hand.He later prepares to kill Michelle (who was captured by his daughter and nailed to a chair) but Benny suddenly appears and fires his rifle to the family. This kills Mama and Tinker, knocks out Tex and Leatherface and destroys the Grandpa's dead body. Then Michelle escapes the house and is chased by Leatherface. Leatherface follows Michelle to the forest and when he was about to kill her, Benny appears, throws him to a lake and starts fighting him. Leatherface then grabs Benny and slices his head with his chainsaw, apparently killing him. He then begins dragging Michelle to the water, but she hits him with a rock in the head and after he apparently dies, his body sinks in the water. Leatherface, however, survived, escaped the water with his chainsaw and saw Michelle and Benny going away with Alfredo 's truck as he starts his chainsaw. His name is never mentioned, but he is called "Junior" by his family. In an alternate ending, Leatherface drowns after being hit with the rock.
Portrayed by R.A. Mihailoff
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next GenerationEdit
In Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which, again, takes place in its own continuity, Leatherface is not a cannibal, but a pizza-eating transvestite involved in an Illumati conspiration. Again, he has a different family in this film. Leatherface first appears in the film behind Heather while he she was waiting her boyfriend Barry to bring help from the Sawyer's house (who rather was captured by W.E.). He accidentally makes orgasm noises and haunts Heather, who later he captures inside the house and puts her on a bathtub and gave her a bath like a doll. He later kills Barry with a hammer and puts Heather on a meat hook (from where she later escapes by unknown circumstances). Then he appears in the forest and chases Jenny (who was hiding from Vilmer ) with his chainsaw. They reach the house, where Jenny locks Leatherface out but he enters by slicing the door. Jenny attempted to kill Leatherface with a gun but it was unloaded. He follows her to the roof and after she jumps to the ground, he goes down. He later continued to chase Jenny but he get back to the house when she reached Darla's office.
He later appears (dressed like an old woman) being bullied by John Kramer with a cattle prod when Darla reaches the house with Jenny tied up in the back of her car, whom he later brings to the house. While Vilmer, Darla and W.E. were arguing he dedicated to scream. Before the dinner, he puts another suit . In the dinner, he dedicated to paint his nails and to scream. When Rothman arrived, he was seen grabing Jenny. After Rothman leaves, he tried to kill Jeny with his chainsaw which he slapped her face with but she escaped and Leatherface started chasing her.
Later Jenny gets into a ERV with two old people and leaved Leatherface behind. Seconds later, he appears in the back of Vilmer's Truck and makes the RV crash. After Jenny escapes the vehicule, he and Vilmer chase her. But then an airplane appears and kills Vilmer. When he sees Vilmer dead, he starts screaming and this make possible to escape. After she escaped in Rothman's limousine, he starts waving his chainsaw in frustration, which he continues to do for the rest of the day. It's assumed that with Vilmer and W.E. are dead, Darla left the house and get back to her husband and left Leatherface.
Portrayed by Robert Jacks
Texas Chainsaw 3DEdit
Like the other sequels, Texas Chainsaw 3D takes place in its own continuity. In this film, Leatherface is named Jedediah Sawyer.
Portrayed by Dan Yeager
Thomas Hewitt EditIn the remake series, Leatherface's name is changed to Thomas Brown Hewitt.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningEdit
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, he is born by his mother Sloane in a slaughterhouse in 1939. Sloane dies giving birth to the child and the boss throws the baby into a dumpster do to his deformity. He is found by Luda May Hewitt, who brings him to her house and decides to raise him, calling him Thomas Brown Hewitt. During his life, Thomas was bullied do to his appearance, which made him an outcast. This eventually led him to practice self-mutilation and kill animals. When he reached adult age, he began working in the slaughterhouse where he was born. In 1969, the slaughterhouse was shut down but Thomas refused to leave but he eventually was forced to.
Later that day, he came back and killed his boss with a sledgehammer due to the mistreatings the boss did to him. When he left he took a chainsaw with with him. Sheriff Winston finds the body and goes to Thomas's Uncle, Charlie. The two go search for him then they find him walking back home. When Winston was about to arrest Thomas, Charlie killed him with a shotgun. Thomas followed his uncle's idea of eating humans.
After Hoyt brought Eric, Dean and Bailey to the house, he took Eric to the basement, where he tortured him by skinning his arms and cutting him. As he was inspecting his face, Hoyt shouted his name and Thomas went upstairs with his chainsaw. He saw his uncle being attacked by a biker so Thomas attacked him. He gets the upper hand and forces the biker Holden to the chainsaw and starts it, killing him. Later, he helps his uncle cut Monty's legs off since one has been shot by the biker (the other one was cut off to "balance" it)
Later, he went back and killed Eric with his chainsaw and cut his face off and made a mask with it. Chrisie, Eric's girlfriend who was hiding under the table during his death, saw all this.
He then joins his family for dinner with his new mask, where he kills Bailey with a pair of scissors. After Chrisie escapes, Thomas pursues her with his chainsaw to the slaughterhouse, where she hides. As Thomas was searching for her, Dean appears and fights him but ends up getting killed. Chrisie escapes in the car of Thomas's former boss and gets away. As she spots a police car in the highway, Thomas appears in the back seat and kills her with his chainsaw, which causes the car run over the police officer and a biker that was being interrogated. Thomas gets out of the crashed car and goes back to his house, leaving the bodies behind.
Texas Chainsaw MassacreEdit
4 years later, in 1973, Thomas is still living in the woods with his family, with a new boy who is named Jedidah. On August 18, five teens stop near his house due to a girl they picked up in the road committed suicide. The teens asked Luda May for help, who told them to look for Hoyt. Two of the teens, Erin and Kemper, are instructed by Jedediah to look for Hoyt in the house, as he may be getting drunk. When they arrive at the house, they encounter Monty, who only allows Erin into the house to call Hoyt. However, Kemper gets in and gets killed by Thomas. Erin leaves without Kemper, as she doesn't know what happened to him.
As she goes back to her friends, Thomas begins a new mask with Kemper's face. Erin gets back to the house with her friend Andy to look for Kemper. As Erin distracts Monty, Andy looks for his friend in the house, with no success. Andy alarms Erin and Monty, who invokes Leatherface to kill the two kids. Erin escapes again but Thomas cuts Andy's leg off and gets him to the basement. He hangs him with a meat hook and seals his wound with hair.
Later, Thomas finds Erin and her friend Pepper in they stranded and attacks them. He manages to kill Pepper and Erin sees him with Kemper's face. Erin escapes again but gets captured by Henrietta and the Tea lady. They bring them to the Hewitt's place where Thomas brings her to the basement, where she encounters Andy ( who she mercy kills) and Morgan.
The two begin escaping but they alarm Thomas, who comes down to kill them. However, Jedidah helps Erin escape by holding Thomas but he manages to free. He finds them hiding in an abandoned house, where Morgan attacks Thomas but ends up getting killed. Erin flees to the slaughterhouse where she hides in a locker. He attracts Thomas to her. Thomas opens the locker where noises come but it was a pig. Erin appears from behind and chops Thomas's right arm with a meat cleaver. As Thomas collapses to the ground in agony, Erin escapes. Later, Erin managed to rescue a kidnapped baby and steal Hoyt's car and escape. As she was going away, Thomas appears from the woods and tries to kill Erin, with no success and the girl escapes. As the car goes away, Thomas looks to it in rage.
Days later, police began an investigation in the Hewitt's house. As two police officers where investigating the basement, Thomas appears from the dark and kills them. One of the officers was carrying a camera and filmed the murder. After killing the man, Thomas and his family disappeared. The police found the two bodies and got only one clear picture of Thomas Hewitt aka Leatherface. As to 2003, the case remained unsolved.
Portrayed by Andrew Bryniarski
Leatherface, the main antagonist of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, appeared in every single one. He is a deformed, retarded, overweight, cross dressing, cannibal serial killer who uses a chainsaw to kill his victims. He was portrayed by Gunnar Hansen in the original 1974 film, Bill Johnson in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, R. A. Mihailoff in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Robert Jacks in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Andrew Bryniarski in the 2003 remake and its prequel. Famous horror actor Kane Hodder also played the stunt double Leatherface in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3. Also famous stuntman himself and fellow horror icon Tom Morga played Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 during the opening car chase. Leatherface is portrayed as being "severely mentally retarded and mentally disturbed", and often uses butchering tools, like meat hooks, to slaughter his victims. He lives with a family of fellow cannibals, who are often abusive and violent towards him. Despite their abuse of him, Leatherface does what ever his family orders him to do. The character was loosely inspired by serial killer Ed Gein, who also wore the skin of his victims, cross dressed and was possibly a cannibal.
'The character was originally played by Gunnar Hansen. His real name is unknown, although older brother Chop Top calls him "Bubba" in the second movie. While Chop Top is most likely using this colloquial word for "brother" affectionately, it is possible that "Bubba" is Leatherface's proper name. In the latter case, assuming that his surname is Sawyer the last name of his older brothers, his full name' would be Bubba Sawyer. In the third film he is only called Junior by his family with his first name not being stated. In the fourth film Leatherface is called "Leather" by his relatives. In the original film, Leatherface is never seen without one of his human-flesh masks on. He differs from other movie killers so much sadistic or evil; he is in fact mentally retarded and most of the time he only does what his family tells him to do. Hansen has stated that Leatherface is "completely under the control of his family. He'll do whatever they tell him to do. He's a little bit afraid of them". Tobe Hooper has argued on the documentary The Shocking Truth that Leatherface is a 'big baby' and kills in self-defense because he feels threatened, pointing out that in the first film Leatherface is actually frightened of all the new people entering his house. Leatherface is also mute, besides from making bizarre, baby-like gibberish and screams, which his family somehow understands.
'The people Leatherface kills are later processed and rendered by his oldest brother Drayton Sawyer, into barbecue and chili, which are sold by Drayton Sawyer at his gas station. Aside from Leatherface and Drayton, the Sawyer clan includes several more brothers, Nubbins, Chop Top, Eddie/Tex, Tech/Tinker, Alfredo, W.E. and Vilmer, as well as Grandpa, Grandma/Great-Grandma, Mama and Leatherface's daughter (real names unknown). The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a direct sequel to the 1974 film, but is more campy and over the top than the original. Tobe Hooper said on The Shocking Truth that he wanted to expand on the dark comedy in the original film, an element that he felt no one truly picked up on. In this film, Leatherface develops a "crush" on one of his victims, and in one scene, skins off the face of her friend (while alive) and places it on her to hide her from the rest of his family. At the end of the film, he apparently dies in an explosion after being impaled with a chainsaw in a 'fight with the uncle of his previous victims from the first film, who also causes Sawyer brother Drayton to detonate a hand grenade, which apparently kills off the rest of the Sawyer family. Though Leatherface appears to have survived, as he is later seen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Leatherface's brother Chop Top also appears to have survived, as he was planned to be featured in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel All American Massacre, which reveals that Chop Top was imprisoned after the events of part 2, though both Drayton and Grandpa appear to have died in the explosion, as Drayton is never seen again and Grandpa is shown to be a preserved corpse kept and treated by Leatherface and the remaining members of his family in part 3, although a living character very similar to Grandpa appears in part 4, he is a mute elderly man dressed in black referred to as "Grandfather", who sits at the family dinner table, though he is able to move around much better than Grandpa, which is seen when his apparent grandson Vilmer snaps and attacks fellow Sawyer brother W.E. with a hammer, Grandfather awakes from his motionless state and walks away from the dinner table while holding a kitchen knife.
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, is the second sequel in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series. The film was made as a reboot & a sequel, so it can be took either as a direct sequel or possibly taking place in its own continuity, though several references are made to the previous two films, including Leatherface having a knee brace from his chainsaw accident at the climax of part 1, brother Alfredo owning a gas station and truck labeled "Last Chance Gas" (the name of fellow brother Drayton's station in part 1), a Drayton Sawyer quote from part 2 "The saw is family", the family's last 'name remaining Sawyer from the previous film and several characters from both earlier films (Leatherface, Grandpa and Stretch, a former radio dj, now a reporter, who escaped the family in Part 2) were included. He is affectionately called "Junior" by the members of his family. The filmmakers attempted to make the series darker and grittier as with the original, but interventions from the MPAA quashed their vision and had them tone it down and change the ending. An uncut version was released in 2003. Leatherface has different, more extended family and a daughter in this film, possibly from a rape. A four issue comic series based on the film, entitled Leatherface was also created; notably, portions of the comics are narrated by and shown from Leatherface's point of view. In a documentary on the special edition dvd of Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, writer David J. Schow referred to the Sawyers as a homicidal SWAT team, with Leatherface as their enforcer. Leatherface's change in family was most likely because of his other family members' deaths in the previous film, as Grandpa is seen to be a preserved corpse in this film and it has been mentioned by director Jeff Burr on the audio commentary for part 3, that after Leatherface's previous family died, Leatherface moved in with distant relatives, possibly cousins, though in the film they are presented as 'his mother, Mama, and his brothers, Tinker, Tex and Alfredo, with Leatherface also having an unnamed daughter and an unseen relative named W.E. Sawyer who was executed for the crimes committed by Leatherface and the Sawyer family (The Hitchhiker, Drayton & Grandpa) back in 1973. Burr also offers the idea of an alternative universe as a possible explanation for the changes in the film, a universe which rewrites major events of the first two films, while at the same time retaining certain characters and events from the prior films. The character of Mama implies that she and Grandpa had an incestuous relationship, which in turn led to the murderous Sawyer family. Sawyer brother Alfredo's character was originally the character of Chop Top, but later evolved into the character of Alfredo, this also being revealed on the audio commentary. The film also features a line of Drayton Sawyer's from the previous film ("The saw is family"). In this film Leatherface appears much more aggressive and violent than in previous installments, a trait intentionally added, as it is explained on the audio commentary for this film that Leatherface was in a child-like mode in the first two films and now he has reached the rebellious teen mode.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation apparently takes place in its own continuity, although the original film is mentioned in the opening prologue, in the same prologue it also references the other sequel films, as "two minor, yet apparently related inncidents". The film features Leatherface as a yelping, pizza-eating transvestite involved in an Illuminati conspiracy to provide society a source of horror, and, again, with a different family, probably because in the first three movies, the rest of his family has been killed or imprisoned. Leatherface (who is referred to as "Leather" in the whole 'film) is presented as a much more effeminate character than the previous two installments feature, which portrayed Leatherface as being attracted to women, as seen in part 2 with Stretch, and less child-like, as seen in part 3 with him having a daughter, being more rebellious teenager-like and having more anger in his actions. In part 4 Leatherface is reverted back to his original self, a screaming mentally ill killer with an identity problem, though he seems even more feminine than his character in the original film, as Leatherface not only wears a female face mask, he also wears a Gein-like female skin suit, a woman's dress, make-up, hair and even paints his fingernails in part 4.'
In the remake series, Leatherface is named Thomas/Tommy and lives with his adoptive family, the murderous Hewitts. In this series his family never refers to him as Leatherface, but by his real name. He is also seen taking off his skin masks, which never happened in the original series. His face is revealed to be disfigured by a facial disease. His remake family, the Hewitts, includes his mother Luda May, his uncle Monty, his older brother/"uncle" Sheriff Hoyt, and three other members, whose roles have never been explained, like his apparent sister Henrietta, the Tea Lady, a morbidly obese, older woman obsessed with tea, who lives with Henrietta in a small trailer on the Hewitt property and a possible nephew named Jedidiah, a little boy who does not take part in his family's evil exploits. In' this series, Leatherface is more of a sadistic serial killer who wants revenge on teenagers than a baby-like retard under his family's control, which the original series portrayed him as. Leatherface/Thomas and his family use torture murder and cannibalism as their modus operandi. The Hewitts also live in a different home than the Sawyers, who lived on a farm, whereas the Hewitts live on an old plantation. Also, the young children and babies taken from victims are kept by Henrietta and the Tea Lady, who raise them up as Hewitts. In the comics based on this series by Wildstorm, Leatherface has two more cousins, the demented Ezekial "Zeke" Hewitt and his simple minded, child-like brother Shiloh Hewitt. In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Leatherface's first known murder is that of his abusive boss, however this murder is different from others he will later commit, as this murder was a crime of passion, but it is Leatherface's psychotic brother/uncle Sheriff 'Hoyt who later introduces Leatherface and the rest of his family to the art of murder, which according to the end of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, claims the lives of thirty-three people.