We want to wish a speedy recovery to horror icon John Dugan following surgery to remove a tumor in his jaw and lymph nodes in an ongoing battled against oral cancer. The actor is best known to horror fans as Grandpa from Tobe Hooper’s seminal slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Word of John’s ordeal was reported by his wife, Stacey:
“Friday, July 27th, John had surgery to remove the tumor, part of his jaw, and his lymph nodes, and his fibula was used to reconstruct his jaw. The surgery was considered successful, and the goal was for him to be released last Wednesday. He was not discharged until Friday evening.
“Once we arrived home, within an hour his incision was bleeding, and we were heading back to the hospital, where they did a second surgery to open the incision and clean out a fistula and replace a tracheostomy that was not functioning properly, causing him to have trouble breathing. They are keeping him a few more days for observation and to treat him with IV antibiotics.”
In addition to the classic TCM, Dugan has appeared in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Butcher Boys, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Boogeyman, and Deviant Behavior. His IMDB page lists half a dozen projects in pre-production, further adding to our hopes for a speedy recovery—he’s still got a lot going on.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to John, Stacey, and their entire family. If you’d like to help contribute to Dugan’s recovery expenses, you can visit his Go Fund Me page, HERE.