Sid Haig, the legendary genre actor perhaps best known as the serial killer clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s Firefly family films, has died. He was 80 years old.
Earlier this month, Haig had been rushed to the ICU after falling in his home. Although he had been recovering, his wife, Susan L. Oberg, confirmed his passing on Instagram on Monday morning, writing:
“On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us.”
Born Sidney Eddy Mosesian in Fresno, California, Haig began his career in music, playing drums for the T-Birds. Although he managed to score a hit in the song “Full House”, he opted for a life in acting by moving to Hollywood and enrolling in the Pasadena Playhouse.
After landing a gig in Jack Hill’s UCLA student film The Host, Haig went on to act in over 50 films and 350 TV episodes. He collaborated frequently with Roger Corman, became a part of the 007 canon in Diamonds Are Forever, and starred in several blaxploitation flicks.
In 1992, Haig retired to become a hypnotherapist, only to rebound big time. After reportedly turning down Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction — the Marcellus Wallace role, no less — he agreed to reunite with longtime co-star Pam Grier for 1997’s Jackie Brown.
Not too long after, he was sought after by director Rob Zombie, who cast him as Captain Spaulding in 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses. From there, he became a fixture of Zombie’s filmography, appearing in all of his films with the exception of 2009’s Halloween II.
In a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, Zombie addressed Haig’s health and how he was forced to reduce his role in 3 From Hell, the third and ostensibly final chapter of the Firefly clain:
I was trying to accommodate where I thought he was at health-wise. But then another week went by and Sheri and Bill came with me to visit him and didn’t really seem like he was any better. So I just kept rewriting. Unfortunately what happened was, Sid’s 80 years old, so he has to be cleared by the studio through the insurance company, so he’s insured so he can work, and he wasn’t. They were like, “Nope, we don’t clear him to work. He’s not okay to work.”
So at that moment in time, he wasn’t able to be in the movie at all. They said no. But I had already spoken to Sid about how important it was for him to be in this movie and it was important to me. It was important to him. It was important to the fans. So Lionsgate let me bring him in one morning to just shoot some scenes so I could at least have his character’s story come to a conclusion — so he didn’t just disappear from the world.
Haig is survived by his family and the horror community.
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On this sad day you got to remember the good times. This photo was taken the first time me and Sid got together. It was early 2000 or perhaps even late 1999. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal Studios. We were both having a good laugh at this crummy, ill-fitting clown suit. It took a few tries to get his look right, but we got there. Who knew that crazy clown would become an iconic horror figure? Certainly not the two guys in the picture. #CaptainSpaulding #sidhaig #houseof1000corpses
Let history record that just last month Sid Haig showed up for the Scares That Care charity event, flying cross country and taking care of his fans even when he was having trouble walking. He loved the horror family as much as horror loved him.@Shudder @kinky_horror pic.twitter.com/ghgro55VcY
— Joe Bob Briggs (@therealjoebob) September 23, 2019
"You want to be an actor? Be an actor. If you have to starve to do it, starve to do it. But if you're not passionate about what you want to do, you won't be good at it"
Rest in peace, Sid Haig pic.twitter.com/KdloiWusfk
— Arrow Video (@ArrowFilmsVideo) September 23, 2019
Nobody could deliver Rob Zombie dialogue quite like Sid Haig.
— Daily Grindhouse (@DailyGrindhouse) September 23, 2019
RIP to horror legend, our friend, Sid Haig. We will miss you, Captain. pic.twitter.com/1lNjv4F3uF
— FANGORIA (@FANGORIA) September 23, 2019