Bill Hinzman

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Bill Hinzman
Samuel William Hinzman

(1936-10-24)October 24, 1936
DiedFebruary 5, 2012(2012-02-05) (aged 75)
OccupationActor, director, cinematographer, producer, editor and writer
Years active1968 - 2011

Samuel William "Bill" Hinzman (October 24, 1936 – February 5, 2012) was an American actor and film director.

Hinzman's first role was the cemetery zombie in the popular horror film Night of the Living Dead (1968). He reprised the role in new scenes that were filmed for the 30th-anniversary edition of the film.[1] Hinzman also played roles in the films Legion of the Night (1995), Santa Claws (1996), Evil Ambitions (1996), and The Drunken Dead Guy (2005).

His final role was in River of Darkness, where he played a lead role alongside Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and Sid Eudy.[2]

He later directed the films The Majorettes (1986), and Flesheater (1988).[3]

During filming of Night of the Living Dead, crew member Gary Streiner accidentally caught himself on fire while attempting to ignite a prop with gasoline. Bill Hinzman managed to put out the fire, saving Streiner's life.[4][5]


Hinzman died on February 5, 2012, from cancer. His death occurred the same day as that of Josephine Streiner (1918–2012), a crew member who played a zombie in Night of the Living Dead.[6]


  1. ^ Various (September 16, 2017). "Night of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary Edition". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Early Art and Trailer: Kurt Angle's River of Darkness". DreadCentral.
  3. ^ J.C. Maçek III (June 15, 2012). "The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead". PopMatters.
  4. ^ Jackson, Matthew (13 October 2017). "10 Facts About Night of the Living Dead". Mental Floss. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ Kane, Joe (2010). Night Of The Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever. Kensington Books. ISBN 70
  6. ^ "Rest in Peace: Bill Hinzman". DreadCentral.

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