‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actor George Kosana Dies at 81

Discussion in 'General' started by The Joker, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. The Joker

    The Joker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2012
    Messages:
    652
    Likes Received:
    358
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Actor George Kosana Dies at 81

    George Kosana, most famous for playing Sheriff McClelland in “Night of the Living Dead,” has died at his home in Clairton, Pa. He was 81.

    John Russo, who co-wrote the 1968 George A. Romero horror classic with the director, confirmed Kosana’s death in a Facebook post.

    “My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in NOLD, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses,” Russo said. “He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow NOLD cast and crew members and by his many fans.”

    Born in 1935, Kosana also starred in Romero’s second film, the 1971 romantic comedy “There’s always Vanilla,” however, his most iconic role was as the ammunition and hat-wearing sheriff.

    Kosana was one of ten investors originally involved in the film, who each committed $600 to the project, comprising the initial $6,000 budget for the indie hit. From a final budget of $114,000, the film made around $30 million and became one of the most profitable independent horror films ever made. The movie’s success confounded critics of the time, including one Variety critic who declared it to be “amateurism of the first order,” and considered its cast, including Kosana, to be “uniformly poor.”

    Kosana later reprised the role in 2012’s “Living Dead,” and played the sheriff again in “My Uncle John Is a Zombie!,” currently in post-production.
     
  2. SaviniFan

    SaviniFan I Have A Fetish

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2002
    Messages:
    5,788
    Likes Received:
    373
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    On the cutting room floor.
    I've met him at cons twice over the years. Nice fella, RIP.
     
  3. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,298
    Likes Received:
    976
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    Terrible news. I always wanted to meet Mr. Kosana but never went to a convention in which he was attending. May he rest he peace.
     
  4. Harry Warden

    Harry Warden Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    3,848
    Likes Received:
    1,105
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Hermitage, Pennsylvania
    RIP George. Another NOTLD cast member gone.
     
  5. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,064
    Likes Received:
    398
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    Yeah, he's dead. He's....all messed up.

    And I mean that with the utmost respect. RIP.
     
  6. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2004
    Messages:
    9,400
    Likes Received:
    134
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Of all the secondary characters in DEAD, he was my favorite. His realistic deadpan reminded me greatly of the matter of fact delivery of soldiers in the field describing wartime horrors from Vietnam to war correspondents. Casually explaining ghastly events over coffee and a cigarette, perfect. Rest In Peace.
     
  7. Harry Warden

    Harry Warden Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    3,848
    Likes Received:
    1,105
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Hermitage, Pennsylvania
    That is my all time favorite line in the film.
     

Share This Page