Sid Haig dies at 80
Sid Haig, the American actor who starred as the murderous clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s films including House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, has died aged 80.
The news was shared by Haig’s wife Suzie on his Instagram page. The cause of his death was not confirmed, but it was reported that Haig was taken to hospital last week after suffering breathing complications following a fall.
“On Saturday 21 September 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed on from this realm to the next,” her statement read.
“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.”
She continued: “We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected.
“Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.”
While he was most closely associated with director Rob Zombie as the terrifying villain Captain Spaulding, Haig began his career in Jack Hill’s The Host, going onto star in more than 50 films and hundreds of television episodes over a 40-year career.
He retired in 1992 due to his belief that he was being typecast, training instead as a hypnotherapist. He returned to acting with his role as Captain Spaulding in musician and filmmaker Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, which was widely believed to have revived his acting career.
His final Rob Zombie film, 3 From Hell, was released this month to select cinemas.
Rob Zombie has admitted that Haig was not only ill but aware that this would be his final role in a movie.
“It was kind of a drag because I knew people would wonder about that,” Rob said. “And especially, you know how fans are — ‘Fuck you, man, you shoulda’ done it like this!’ But I wasn’t in a position where I could tell what was happening, because it’s not my life, it’s someone else’s private business, their health. So I was slowly letting on what was happening because it became more public — that he was in the hospital, what was going on.
“But we’re very fortunate that we got that scene,” adds Rob. “People are like, ‘You should’ve done more and more,’ but it’s a miracle we got that. I’m very happy about that because it would’ve been really a drag to not complete that character’s journey, especially with what is happening, and what has happened.
“Sid knew that was going to be his last thing,” says Zombie. “I mean, we talked about it, how ill he was. He put on a brave face, but he knew that was probably…you never know for sure, but he was pretty sure that would be his last appearance in a movie. So we had to make it happen. And it got dicey for a minute that it wasn’t gonna happen at all, so it’s good that we got that. The scene, although fairly brief, is pretty good.“
Everyone at Grim Magazine sends their love and blessings to all of Sid Haig’s family, friends, and loved ones.