George Kosana (Night of the Living Dead) Has Passed Away at 81

George Kosana, the actor who played Sheriff McClelland in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, has passed away today at the age of 81. Kosana also worked as a production manager on the film and acted from time to time in various low budget horror movies over the years.

John Russo, the co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, shared his memories of Kosana on Facebook earlier today:

“GEORGE KOSANA, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in NOLD, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses. He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow NOLD cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few days, I have been constantly reliving my many good and often funny remembrances of him.”

The Sheriff is certainly one of the most memorable characters of Night of the Living Dead, and Kosana was well known for his willingness to go above and beyond to make fan experiences remarkable over the years. If you were lucky enough to meet him at a horror convention, you could bet on walking away with a smile on your face. One of his favorite inscriptions to write on autographed photos was one of McClelland’s most famous lines: “Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up.”

George will be sincerely missed by his many fans and collaborators.

 

John Evans
John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.

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