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Sid Haig, Horror Icon, Passed Away At The Age Of 80

By Jodi Smith | Miscellaneous | September 23, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Miscellaneous | September 23, 2019 |


Although he appeared in several blaxploitation films in the 1970s, Sid Haig is arguably best known for his iconic role as sadistic clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell. He did, however, work steadily from his first appearance as The Fugitive in a short called The Host in 1960. Fans may be surprised to know he appeared on The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball and was a Royal Apothecary to King Tut on the 1960s Batman series.

Haig’s health first came under question when his wife, Susan L. Oberg, reported on social media that her husband was in the hospital after a fall in early September 2019. During his stay in the hospital, Haig contracted an infection in his lungs after aspirating vomit while asleep. He passed on September 21, 2019, when he was no longer able to stave off the infection.

Haig’s long and varied career touched many fans and colleagues alike, leading to remembrances on social media concerning not only his acting legacy but his humanity.

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On this sad day you got to remember the good times. This photo was taken the first time me and Sid got together. It was early 2000 or perhaps even late 1999. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal Studios. We were both having a good laugh at this crummy, ill-fitting clown suit. It took a few tries to get his look right, but we got there. Who knew that crazy clown would become an iconic horror figure? Certainly not the two guys in the picture. #CaptainSpaulding #sidhaig #houseof1000corpses

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The Fireflies lost their patriarch. RIP to my great good friend Sid Haig. The road will seem empty without you. Condolences to the family.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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