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IN MEMORIAM: Sid Haig Has Passed At The Age of 80

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Sid Haig had a face that you recognized. You may not have known his name but if you saw his face, you knew that you had seen him in a movie somewhere.

Born in Fresno, California, Sid Haig's career in entertainment would start early at seven with dance shows. His love for entertainment would see him into college at UCLA, where he would meet and get his start in films from director Jack Hill. In the sixties Haig was mostly a television actor, popping up in shows like Batman, Star Trek and The A-Team.

At 6'4", Haig was cast in tough guy roles, a trend for Haig that would continue into the ninties. In the seventies, Haig found roles in movies like THX 1138 by George Lucas, Coffy and Foxy Brown by Jack Hill, and Diamonds Are Forever.

In the nineties, Haig retired from acting, not happy about the same roles always being offered to him. In 1997, Haig would take a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown and when the 2000s rolled around, he would see a comeback to Hollywood in a way he could have never imagined.

In 2003, Rob Zombie would venture into horror films, taking Haig with him in what would be a much talked about debut film. House of 1000 Corpses was released on April 11th and while it wasn't a hit, it still established a cult following and cemented Haig's character of Captain Spaulding in horror history. Captain Spaulding would appear in the two sequels that followed House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and 3 From Hell.

Sid Haig will live on for his fans in the roles he played so well and if all pans out we will be able to see Haig in one final role in a film called Hanukkah. If not, we will always have his other roles, the numerous ones from television and Haig's portrayal of Captain Spaulding, to remember the great actor for centuries to come.

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