When we spoke with Zombie recently, he told us that Haig had been ill for quite a while. The actor’s illness even forced Zombie to rewrite his latest movie, 3 From Hell, as Haig’s Captain Spaulding character was reduced to a cameo appearance instead of a starring role.
Zombie posted a tribute on his official website, writing the following about Haig:
Last night I received a phone call I was dreading from Bill Moseley. He told me that our friend Sid Haig had died. It was shocking but unfortunately not unexpected. I’ve know for a long time how sick Sid was and what he was battling. Over the past year as I saw pictures of him still attending conventions I thought perhaps he had beat it, but last week when he returned to the hospital I feared the worst.
Sid and I had a long talk on the day that he told me of his condition and he knew 3 From Hell would most likely be his last appearance on screen. Sadly it was. I knew it was very important to Sid that Captain Spaulding make one more round and he did. Sid’s time the film is brief. He was in rough shape that day, but he made his scene very memorable.
I was a fan of his as a kid watching Jason of Star Command all the way through our twenty years of working together. I can still clearly remember the first time we met. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal. Sid came out of the dressing room wearing a clown suit which was a few sizes too small. We said hello then we both started laughing at how ridiculous he looked in his ill-fitting suit. We would find him a much better suit.
As we were making House of 1000 Corpses neither of us knew he was creating a character that would live on and grow in popularity every year. Sid told me many times how thankful he was for the Captain and how that character changed his life. He had completely given up on acting and now suddenly had found a whole new audience at the age of 60. I know he was thrilled and blown away by that fact.
The Captain is gone… but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sid.
Haig played Captain Spaulding in Zombie’s trilogy of Firefly movies — House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell. He also appeared in Zombie’s remake of Halloween, as well as The Lords of Salem and 31.
Beyond his work with Zombie, Haig had roles in many other films throughout his 60-year acting career. In addition to the tribute above, Zombie also honored Haig via Instagram (see below).
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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