Sid Haig, actor of ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ and other cult films, dies at 80
The prolific actor has appeared in more than 50 films over his six decades of career, ranging from blaxploitation classics of the 1970s to Rob Zombie’s horror movies.
Sid Haig, a character actor known for his twists in cult horror movies “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” died Saturday. He was 80 years old.
Susan L. Oberg, Haig’s wife, announced her death Monday morning in an Instagram message: “My light, my heart, my true love, my king, the other half of my soul, Sydney, have gone from this realm to the other. ”
The cause of death of the actor was not known immediately.
Haig, a prolific film actor with more than 50 credits, has appeared in an eclectic mix of films over his six decades of career, ranging from the classic “blaxploitation” “Foxy Brown” to the first science fiction movie “THX 1138” from George Lucas, to James Bonus entry “Diamonds are eternal.”
Quentin Tarantino, a follower of 1970s B-series movies that helped make Haig a legend among genre devotees, chose him as a judge in his crime drama “Jackie Brown” of 1997. Tarantino, who adapted the film after a novel by Elmore Leonard, would have written the piece especially for Haig.
Sid Haig arrives at Universal Studios in California in 2010. Anna Webber / WireImage file
The actor was appreciated by horror fans for his disturbing turnings in a trio of low-budget horror films made by heavy metal musician Rob Zombie: “House of 1000 Corpses”, “The Devil’s Rejects” and “3 From Hell “.
In the movies, Haig was playing Captain Spaulding, the owner of a face-stained service station stained with clown makeup. The character, with his yellowish teeth and his foolish smile, suggested to the villainous Joker of the comic strip to cross a difficult journey.
In a positive review of “The Devil’s Rejects”, the latest film critic, Roger Ebert, described Haig’s character as “a man with teeth so rebellious as his clown makeup, he plays a completely disgusting person.” . In fact, I was forced to discover that in real life, Sid seemed to be good, presentable. ”
Haig, born Sidney Eddy Mosesian in Fresno, California, began his career in the entertainment world as a drummer. He made his film debut in “The Host” of Jack Hill, then in “Baby Spider”, “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” of the Operational Director.
The last two movies played in the blaxploitation icon Pam Grier, who starred in “Jackie Brown”.
Haig was also a television regular in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Get Smart,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “The A-Team.”