Death of zombie with ties to New Jersey (+ video)

Bill Hinzman, in his famous role of cemetery zombie in George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”

In Bill Hinzman’s first movie role, he played a zombie who attacked a young couple in a cemetery. The year was 1968, and the movie, “Night of the Living Dead” became a cult classic that would make Hinzman famous among horror movie fans.

Below, Hinzman in “Night of the Living Dead.”

In recent years, Hinzman appeared at Chiller Theatre, held in Parsippany, to chat with fans and sign autographed photos of himself dressed in zombie gear. He died of cancer on Sunday, Feb. 5. His daughter told the BBC that he had preferred to be cremated because if they buried him, he’d come back to life.