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]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Night of the Living Dead Zombie #1
1971 There's Always Vanilla Drunk Guy in Bar
1972 Season of the Witch The Intruder
1973 The Crazies Crazie shooting at doctor's office
1981 Knightriders Mustachioed Archer in Tree Uncredited
1987 The Majorettes Sergeant Sanders
1988 Flesheater FleshEater
1995 Legion of the Night Dr. Bloom
1996 Santa Claws Director
1996 Evil Ambitions Miles Bishop
2005 The Drunken Dead Guy The Experienced Zombie
2006 Shadow: Dead Riot Romero the Zombie
2009 The Spookshow Bartender
2009 It Came from Trafalgar Zombie #1
2011 River of Darkness Harvey Hix
2011 Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead Zombie


  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 (October 13, 2017). "10 Facts About Night of the Living Dead". Mental Floss. Retrieved June 23, 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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