George Kosana, the actor who played Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero’s 1968’s classic horror film “Night of the Living Dead”, has passed away at the age of 81 after a long battle with various illnesses.
John Russo, who co-wrote “Night of the Living Dead,” posted on Facebook on Monday announcing the actor’s death.
“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,” Russo wrote. “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.”
Kosana reprised the role of Sheriff McClelland in 2012’s “Living Dead” and the upcoming film “My Uncle John Is a Zombie!”
Some of Kosana’s other movie credits include 1971’s “There’s Always Vanilla,” 1976’s “The Booby Hatch” and “Incest Death Squad,” released in 2009.
Kosana ‘s actual cause of death or his funeral arrangements have not been released to the general public.