Sad news for the horror community; legendary genre actor, Sid Haig, known for his role as Captain Spaulding in three of Rob Zombie’s films, has passed away at 80. The news comes after weeks of health issues brought on by some unknown-to-the-public accident.

Susan L. Oberg, Haig’s wife, shared the news on Sid Haig’s Instagram account:

A Long Career

While horror fans are familiar with Haig’s work in the Rob Zombie films The House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, he had a long and storied career in film and television.

Sidney Eddie Mosesian, an Armenian American born in Fresno, CA, worked for a time as a dancer and musician. His first film was a student film, The Host. He would later go on to act in over 50 films and over 350 television episodes. Many of these were exploitation and genre films, such as Spider Baby, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Haig had worked extensively with figures such as Roger Corman, George Lucas, and even showed up in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. You could throw a rock at a group of television shows in the 70s and 80s and have a hard time not finding one Haig had been in.

His later career banked on his recognition of his work in the 1970s and 1980s. Quentin Tarantino offered Haig a role in Jackie Brown, and Rob Zombie brought the actor into several of his films, including the Halloween remake.

An Outpouring of Grief

Many fans and creators in the horror community have been sharing their own memories and thoughts on the legacy of Haig since news of his death circulated.

Haig is a presence that will be missed by film fans. Haig’s final role will be in Rob Zombie’s upcoming 3 From Hell. Please join Haunted MTL in wishing condolences for his surviving family.

We will leave you with Rob Zombie’s own touching tribute to the horror legend.

Last night I received a phone call I was dreading from Bill Moseley. He told me that our friend Sid Haig had died. It…

Posted by Rob Zombie on Monday, September 23, 2019

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