John Dugan was born in Brazil, Indiana. He attended the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time in Chicago, he performed in several theatrical productions. While he was in Chicago, screenwriter Kim Henkle approached him to portray an old patriarch of a cannibalistic family, and he enthusiastically accepted the offer. He was cast as Grandpa in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre“, a film directed by Tobe Hooper. He was 20 years old at the time of filming, playing a 113-year old man whose family lured young people to their Texas homestead, where they were killed and eaten. The low-budget film has become a classic in the horror genre, spawning several sequels and a remake.
After filming, John returned to theater acting in Chicago, and eventually moved to Los Angeles. He took several years off to focus on his family and raising his daughter.
Thankfully to his fans, John’s hiatus was short lived and he began filming again. True to his roots he did a cameo appearance in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre:The Next Generation”, and reprised his role as Grandpa after 38 years for the film “Texas Chainsaw 3D”. He has appeared in several independent horror films, including “Monstrosity”, “The Butcher Boys” and in “The Hospital”. He also appeared in the film rendition of Stephen King’s The Boogeyman.
John recently finished filming “Rock Paper Scissors”. He’s currently filming “The Once and Future Smash”, “Attack of the Killer Chickens the Movie”, “The End was Then” and “The Bluesman”.
John currently resides in the Nashville area with his wife.