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Grandpa's strict liquid diet keeps him as fresh as rose. Every spring, the Atlas Rendering Company used to throw a big barbecue for Grandpa. Oh, he was the master. He was the one and only. He showed us all the business. We was raised in meat. Except after the glory, here comes the shame. Atlas went for automation, they electrified cages, the cold steal shoots, the air powered hit hammers. That drove Grandpa crazy seeing things he doesn't like.
~ Drayton Sawyer, to Vanita Brock

Grandpa Sawyer is the Bigger Bad of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. He is the grandfather of Drayton, Chop Top, Nubbins, and Leatherface. He is extremely old and frail, but the family still thinks he is the best killer of them all. He at first appears to be a corpse and has the inability to talk. He, like the others, was fired from his job at the slaughterhouse when they started using the airguns.

Despite his extreme age and frailty the family hold him in great regard and want him to have the "honor" of killing their victim, putting her through an agonizing torture regime in which the stronger family members held her over a sink whilst Grandpa was given a small hammer which he continually dropped: eventually Drayton decided to help Grandpa out and hit the victim with the hammer, however before he could finish the job their base was raided by the vengeful brother of one of their former victims, who attacked them with a chainsaw.

He is portrayed by John Dugan, Ken Evert and Eduard Parsehyan.


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The 124-year-old Grandpa appears, initially thought to be already dead; he is first seen briefly during Leatherface's chase scene, Sally approaches him seeking help but assumes he is dead when she sees how old he is. Later after heroine Hardesty Sally Hardesty is captured by his grandchildren, Drayton, Leatherface, and the Hitchhiker, Grandpa is taken from the second floor of the house and brought to her by them. Leatherface proceeds to slash Sally's finger and forces it into Grandpa's mouth, so he can suck her blood (proving that he is, in fact, alive), an event that causes Sally to fall unconscious. Sometime after Sally is awakened, Drayton, Leatherface, and the Hitchhiker decide to allow Grandpa to end her life through the use of a hammer; due to his advanced age, Grandpa is largely incapable of using the hammer efficiently and continues to drop it. The hassle that ensues with Grandpa's continued dropping of the hammer and his grandchildren's over-eagerness to help him allows Sally to break free of the Sawyer family and jump out a window, though he and Drayton do not attempt to follow her.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2

Grandpa, now 137 years old, inhabiting an abandoned theme park named the "Texas Battle Land" with what remains of his family; when the film's heroine, Vanita "Stretch" Brock, is captured by his grandson Chop Top, Grandpa is brought forth to kill her (in the same way he tried to do to Sally) with help from Chop Top, unlike in the first film where he actually lands a hit though he succeeds in only causing a minor head wound to her with a sledgehammer (and a second wound caused by an impatient Drayton). When Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright, the film's male protagonist, engages in a chainsaw duel with Leatherface, Grandpa attempts to aid his grandson by throwing a hammer at his opponent, only to hit Leatherface instead and subsequently fall to the floor (which alludes the first film's climax). Grandpa apparently meets his demise when a grenade, accidentally set off by an injured Drayton, Lefty, and Leatherface, detonates in close proximity to him.

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

In this film, which has connections to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Grandpa appears only as a decayed corpse kept and treated as if he were alive by Leatherface and his new extended family who regularly pour blood into his mouth to "feed" him; when one of the film's protagonists, Benny, opens fire on the Sawyer house with an automatic rifle, Grandpa's body takes several shots to the chest and one to the face, but the body is left for the most part intact. In this film, the character of Mama mentions that she castrated both herself and "Papa", referring to Grandpa, implying an incestuous relationship between the two.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

In the 1994 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Grandpa appears as a member of the Sawyer family.

Leatherface (2017)

Grandpa appears in the prequel film Leatherface as a much younger (but still old) man.


  • Due to the convoluted continuity of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, Grandpa Sawyer's appearance in The Next Generation seems to contradict his apparent death in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and his appearance as a corpse in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.