Sid Haig, Iconic Horror Movie Actor, Dead At 80

Marta Zielinska
September 23, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Actor Sid Haig, who became a horror movie legend after portraying the murderous clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's debut film "House of 1000 Corpses" and its sequel "The Devil's Rejects," died Saturday. He was 80.

His wife announced the news Monday on Instagram.

"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," Haig’s wife, Susan L. Oberg said. "We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected."

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. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected. Sidney Eddie Mosesian 7/14/39 - 9/21/19 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend. Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.

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Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California.

He got into show business playing drums on the 1958 T-Birds single "Full House," which reached number four on the charts, before getting his first acting gig in 1960's "The Host," the debut film by exploitation director Jack Hill.

Haig went on to appear in over 50 films and hundreds of television episodes, including "Batman," "Get Smart," "Mary Hartman," "Mission Impossible" and "Charlie's Angels," over his career that spanned more than four decades.

Following a five-year hiatus from acting, he returned to the big screen after director Quentin Tarrantino wrote the part of the judge specifically for him in 1997's "Jackie Brown."

His portrayal of Captain Spaulding earned him a spot in the Horror Hall of Fame as well as the best supporting actor and best actor honors at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. Haig recently reprised the role making a brief appearance in "3 From Hell," the long-anticipated third installment from Zombie, which was released last week.

Zombie paid tribute to Haig on social media writing in part, "The Captain is gone... but he will never be forgotten."

The cause of death was not immediately released.