Sad News – Sig Haig Passes Away at 80

Sid Haig in Buck Rogers

I know this is supposedly supposed to be an alleged paranormal site of some kind, but I can’t help it. My wife recently informed me that Sid Haig has passed away.

“Who was Sid Haig?” You might ask.

It’s not hard to imagine the possibility that 90% of Americans ages of 40 and up who watched television with any frequency during the 60s, 70s and 80s, have seen Sid Haig, probably more than one time, and didn’t even know it. Haig has been in more films and TV shows than Dennis Fimple! If you’re within a certain age range and remember the best decades of TV and film, you have seen these faces.

It is almost a guarantee that most horror fans will recognize Sid Haig because of his role as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie film House of 1000 Corpses.

Sid Haig has appeared in over 145 films and TV shows spanning more than 40 years. He kept quite busy during the the first three decades of his career, but took some time off because he felt typecast as a tough guy, or “heavy” as he put it. At one time he commented, “They just kept giving me the same parts but just putting different clothes on me. It was stupid, and I resented it…”

He jumped back into the industry when Quentin Tarantino cast him in the role of a judge for the film Jackie Brown. Three years later he would be meeting with Rob Zombie to develop the character of Captain Spaulding in Zombie’s horror film House of 1000 Corpses.

That movie created a cult following for Haig and he became a regular guest at horror conventions, and appeared in many more films including the House of 1000 Corpses sequels The Devils Rejects and Three From Hell.

Sid Haig was hospitalized after a fall at his home and was recovering when he suffered an unfortunate event. He had vomited in his sleep and aspirated. Due to a monitoring system the staff responded and he was immediately tended to and stabilized. His lungs were cleared but he subsequently developed a lung infection which he ultimately did not recover from.

Sid Haig was 80 years old. RIP you crazy clown. We love you and miss you.

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