Tobe Hooper

  • Birth Name: William Tobe Hooper
  • Birth Place: Austin, Texas, United States
  • Died: August 26, 2017
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer, Composer
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  • Worked as a professor and film-program assistant director at the University of Texas, as well as a documentary cameraman, before moving into directing.
  • Debut feature was the 1974 cult classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which carried a budget of under $85,000, but made more than $30 million.
  • Directed episodes of the sci-fi/horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt, Night Visions and Masters of Horror.
  • Received the New York City Horror Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Philadelphia Film Festival's Phantasmagoria Award, both in 2004.
  • In 2011, published the novel Midnight Movie, written with Alan Goldsher, about a character named Tobe Hooper whose long-lost student film, Destiny Express, turns its audience into zombies.


  • Marcia Zwilling-Hooper — Wife
  • William Hooper — Son
  • Norman W.R. Hooper — Father
  • Lois (Crosby) Hooper — Mother
  • Tony Hooper — Son


  • Attended University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States
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