Steve Railsback starred in the 2000 film Ed Gein, which recounted the life of the same-named Wisconsin farmer and killer who inspired Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter, Psycho and multiple other fictional monsters.
While Gein only confessed to murdering two women, investigators have long believed he had more victims. He was a notorious body-snatcher who dug up at least 40 corpses, using the human skin to make masks. In addition to the 2000 movie, Gein’s crimes have been adapted in other films, including 2007’s Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield.
Railsback, oddly enough, broke out as an actor 24 years before his turn as Gein, playing Charles Manson in the TV movie Helter Skelter.