When we think of our favorite horror icons, be they writers, directors or actors, we tend to solely think of them by their work in the horror genre. But I don’t think I need to remind anyone that while we all embrace the genre even as fans, it’s not the only thing in our lives. Everyone has multiple hobbies and interests.
But if you’re known for one specific thing, then even your everyday interests can come as a surprise. Especially if you take them very seriously, as some of the people on this list certainly do.
It can be fun to look at your favorite horror icons in a different light by taking a look at some of their interests outside the genre. So with that in mind, here are eight horror icons with hobbies you wouldn’t expect.
Robert Englund is a surfer
While it seems he’s given it up recently, Robert Englund was heavy into surfing until he was well into his sixties. Honestly, I’m sad this was never used in one of the later sequels, so that we as an audience could all literally watch the Elm St franchise literally jump the shark.
This one’s not actually just limited to one person. Kane Hodder doesn’t do Hollywood Ghost Hunters alone, he teams up with fellow horror icons R.A. Mihailoff and Danielle Harris. How this hasn’t been picked up as a TV series yet is beyond me? This group has investigated several of LA’s most supposedly haunted locations, resulting in some great stories told at conventions, at the very least.
Lance Henriksen collects old coins
Legendary actor Lance Henriksen has many perfectly ordinary hobbies including antiquing and coin collecting—and, for that matter, collecting antique coins. He’s been doing it for some time. The old coins seen in the witch’s cabin in Pumpkinhead all belonged to Henriksen. They fell through the cracks of the floor where, according to the actor, they remain to this day.
John Carpenter loves the Lakers
While there’s no way to call John Carpenter’s love of cinema into question, his second greatest love is easily professional basketball. He’s just as ecstatic about his beloved Lakers as he is about the influence of Howard Hawkes and I think that kind of passion is just excellent.
Gunnar Hansen was an accomplished author and documentarian
Though he was quite knowledgeable about the genre, it was far from his greatest passion. Hansen loved to write about the natural world. He wrote a book chronicling his own travel to America’s Barrier Islands titled Islands on the Edge of Time and produced and wrote several documentaries on the history of Maine.
Stephen King is a massive Boston Red Sox fan
Okay, this isn’t a huge surprise to people who are really familiar with the author as he even wrote a book about their 2004 World Series victory, but it’s still worth noting. He has his own private box at Fenway Park and apparently attends every game played at home.
Doug Bradley is a huge fan of the band Ghost
I guess this could still be considered within the realm of horror, but sometimes it can be even more surprising to see a horror icon love take part in something that is embraced mostly by fans. He’s been spotted by fans while attending several of the band’s concerts.
Vincent Price wrote a cookbook
Vincent Price is one of the most legendary figures in horror history. He starred in some of the genre’s most classic films. But he also was a classy man of refined taste who loved perfectly ordinary things despite his perfectly unordinary voice. A great example of this side of Price has to be his cookbook, which is not even remotely horror-themed, though that would have been lovely.