Josh Rottenberg
February 06, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

Bill Hinzman, who gained a measure of fame among hardcore horror fans for playing a zombie in George A. Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, has died of cancer at age 75. Hinzman’s gaunt-faced, lumbering zombie, sometimes referred to as the Cemetery Zombie, makes his indelible appearance in the film’s famous opening graveyard scene, killing the character of Johnny just moments after Johnny has taunted his frightened sister Barbra with the warning, “They’re coming to get you, Barbra.”

Following his work in Night of the Living Dead, Hinzman acted and worked behind-the-scenes in other movies, including Romero’s The Crazies, directed the horror films The Majorettes and FleshEaters, and appeared regularly at horror fan conventions.

Watch the original trailer for Romero’s Night of the Living Dead with Bill Hinzman here:

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