George Kosana, who played Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead,” has died at age 81, according to John Russo, who co-wrote the film with George A. Romero. In a Facebook post Monday, Russo said that Kosana died “after a long battle with various illnesses.” “George Kosana, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in Nold, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses,” Russo wrote. “He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow Nold cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few.