According to Dread Central, Bill Hinzman, best known as Zombie #1 in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, passed away yesterday. He was 75, and had been fighting against cancer.
If you have not seen Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Hinzman is the zombie shambling through the graveyard in this scene:
In addition to Hinzman’s infamous role as the original Romero zombie, he also worked on such films as There’s Always Vanilla, The Crazies, and Hungry Wives. In 1988, Hinzman wrote, edited, directed, and starred in Flesh Eater, in which he plays the same role as Zombie #1 from Night of the Living Dead. Hinzman was a frequent attendant of the Halloween convention circuit, often attending in costume as the famed Romero zombie.
Josephine Streiner, another actress in Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, also passed away today. Josephine played another of the many ghouls within the film, and it is her car that Barbara wrecked while trying to escape the graveyard where Hinzman first appeared.
Both of these individuals will be greatly missed, for they contributed to one of horror’s greatest films. From all of us at FrightCatalog.com, we wish their families peace and solace.