Actor George Kosana died in his Clairton, Pennsylvania home at the age of 81. While an official cause of death has not been named, friend John Russo said that Kosana died, “ after a long battle with various illnesses,” including emphysema, COPD, and the eye disease macular degeneration.
Kosana’s acting list is short but he is best known for his role of Sheriff McClelland in the horror film “Night of the Living Dead”.
More than just an actor in the film – which was filmed in Pittsburgh -, he was a production manager and one of 10 investors who helped to raise the original $6,000 budget. The film eventually cost $114,000 to make. Going on to become a cult horror classic, the film went on to make $30 million.
Appearing in only six productions, Kosana made his acting debut in the 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”. He also appeared in “There’s Always Vanilla”, “The Booby Hatch”, “Incest Death Squad”, and “Living Dead” where he reprised his role as the Sheriff. Kosana also appears in the film “My Uncle John is a Zombie!” which is currently in post-production.
After the film, Kosana became a regular appearance at horror conventions.
He was born on December 22, 1935 in Clairton, Pennsylvania.
Never married, Kosana is survived by nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
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