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Drayton "Cook" Sawyer, portrayed by Jim Siedow, appears in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. He appears in Texas Chainsaw 3D, played by Bill Moseley, and a younger version, played by Dimo Alexiev, appears in the 2017 prequel Leatherface.

In all of his appearances, Drayton appears as an antagonist. Mentally unstable and murderous, Drayton, along with his family of fellow cannibals live in the backwoods of Texas, preying upon travelers who he and his relatives capture and devour, selling some of their meat to unwary people. He also gets mad at Leatherface for ruining his door. Drayton's name wasn't mentioned until the second film, the first simply referred to him as Cook and Old Man.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre[]

Drayton Sawyer makes his debut appearance in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in which he first appears as the proprietor of the Last Chance Gas Station, a gas station and barbecue (with an unnamed car door window washer as an employee), where a group of teenagers (Sally Hardesty, her brother Frankin Hardesty, her boyfriend Jerry, Kirk, and his girlfriend Pam) stop while passing through the area.

Drayton's malevolent nature is revealed later in the film, when he beats Sally unconscious and captures her after she approaches him seeking help when her friends disappear and her brother Franklin gets killed by Leatherface. Having been chased by Leatherface previously, she is highly hysterical after her shocking experience. Taking Sally to his home, Drayton torments her alongside Leatherface and Nubbins the Hitchhiker, before deciding to let the family patriarch, Grandpa, kill her.

When Grandpa proves too decrepit to kill Sally with a hammer, Drayton, the Hitchhiker and Leatherface attempt to aid him, but only succeed in losing grasp on Sally, who flees out a window. While Leatherface and the Hitchhiker pursue her, Drayton chooses instead to stay behind with grandpa. The more humane side of Drayton is revealed when he states "I just can't take no pleasure in killing" after Hitchhiker accuses him of doing nothing but cooking while he and Leatherface do all the killing.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2[]

In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Drayton reappears, now living in an abandoned amusement park in by the name of Texas Battle Land, due to the intense police investigation sparked by the events of the first film, with what remains of his family, Leatherface, Nubbins, and Grandpa Sawyer. Now a two time award-winning chili cook selling his meat at a Cook-of, Drayton appears far more unhinged than in the previous film, happily joining in on his family's murderous frenzies, which previously disturbed him somewhat.

Drayton dies, off-screen, at the end of the film, when, during the fight between Leatherface and Lieutenant "Lefty" Enright, he accidentally ate a bomb and explodes prematurely.


  • Drayton was originally set to be the grandfather in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, but when Jim Siedow turned down the role, director Kim Henkel replaced Drayton as the grandfather and turned the character into Grandpa from the earlier films, though the character is still referred to as "Grandfather".
  • Drayton appears in the 2015 Mobile game Mortal Kombat X (Now known as Mortal Kombat Mobile) as a support kard for all Leatherface characters.
  • According to an art director from the DVD commentary for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel had named him "W.E. Slaughter" as a joke.

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