Sidney Eddie Mosesian (July 14, 1939 – September 21, 2019), known professionally as Sid Haig, was an American actor, film producer, and musician. He is known for his roles in several of Jack Hill's blaxploitation films from the 1970s, as well as for his appearances in horror films, most notably his role as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and 3 from Hell. Haig's Captain Spaulding, and Haig himself, have been called icons of horror cinema. Haig had a leading role on the television series Jason of Star Command as the villain Dragos. He appeared in many television programs, including The Untouchables, Batman, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Get Smart, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, and MacGyver.
Haig was born in Fresno, California, and was raised in an Armenian community. He was the son of Roxy (Mooradian) and Haig Mosesian, an electrician. Haig's career began somewhat by accident. As a young man, his rapid growth interfered with his motor coordination, prompting him to take dancing lessons. At the age of seven years, he was a paid dancer in a children's Christmas show, and later joined a vaudeville revival show.
Haig also displayed musical talent particularly for the drums, prompting his parents to buy him a drum set, on which he mastered a wide range of music styles, including swing, country, jazz, blues and rock and roll. He found it easy to earn money with his music, and signed a recording contract one year out of high school. Still a teenager, Haig went on to record the single "Full House" with the T-Birds in 1958, which reached No. 4 on the charts.
The Pasadena Playhouse
When Haig was in high school, the head of the drama department was Alice Merrill, who encouraged him to pursue an acting career. Merrill had been a Broadway actress who maintained her contacts in the business. During his senior year, a play was produced in which Merrill double cast the show, to have one of her Hollywood friends assess the actors in order to select the final cast.
The Hollywood contact who saw Haig perform was Dennis Morgan, a big musical comedy star from the 1940s, who chose Haig for a prominent role in the play. Two weeks later, he returned to see the show and advised Haig to continue his education in the San Fernando Valley and consider acting as a career. Two years later, Haig enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse, the school that trained such noted actors as Robert Preston, Gene Hackman, and Dustin Hoffman. He later moved to Hollywood with longtime friend and Pasadena Playhouse roommate Stuart Margolin.
Haig's first acting role was in a 1960 short student film titled The Host, directed by Jack Hill at UCLA. This launched Haig's more-than-four-decade acting career in over fifty films and 350 television episodes. Haig became a staple in Hill's films, such as Spider Baby, Coffy and Foxy Brown. In 1971, Haig appeared in THX 1138, the feature film directorial debut of George Lucas, as well as the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
Haig's television debut was a role in a 1962 episode of The Untouchables. He also appeared in a number of other television programs, including Batman, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Get Smart, The Flying Nun, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Emergency!, Charlie's Angels, Jason of Star Command, Fantasy Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, MacGyver, and Just the Ten of Us.
Haig temporarily retired from acting in 1992, feeling typecast: "I just didn't want to play stupid heavies anymore. They just kept giving me the same parts but just putting different clothes on me. It was stupid, and I resented it, and I wouldn't have anything to do with it". Haig did not work in acting for five years, instead training and becoming a certified hypnotherapist. During this time, he was offered the role of Marsellus Wallace (later to be played by Ving Rhames) in Pulp Fiction, the second feature film directed by Quentin Tarantino. At the time, Haig was concerned that low-budget television had been detrimental to his career and, at seeing the shooting script and the short number of days dedicated for each locale, he reportedly passed on the project; he is said to have later regretted this decision. Haig later appeared as a judge in Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown, a part written specifically for Haig by Tarantino.
In 2003, Haig starred in Rob Zombie's debut film House of 1000 Corpses, as a psychotic clown named Captain Spaulding. The role revived Haig's acting career, earning him a "Best Supporting Actor" award in the 13th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and an induction into Fangoria's Horror Hall of Fame. Haig reprised his role as Spaulding in the 2005 film The Devil's Rejects, a continuation of House of 1000 Corpses, in which Spaulding is portrayed as the patriarch of the murderous Firefly family. Captain Spaulding has since been considered a modern icon of horror cinema, and Haig himself has been called a "horror icon". For his reprisal of the role in The Devil's Rejects, he received the award for "Best Actor" in the 15th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and shared the award for "Most Vile Villain" at the First Annual Spike TV Scream Awards with Leslie Easterbrook, Sheri Moon, and Bill Moseley as the Firefly family. Haig was also nominated as "Best Butcher" in the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, but lost to Tobin Bell's Jigsaw from Saw II.
Haig reunited with Rob Zombie for the director's Halloween remake, released in 2007, with Haig playing the role of cemetery caretaker Chester Chesterfield. Haig again reprised his role as Captain Spaulding for Zombie's 2009 animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Haig also appeared in Zombie's 2013 film The Lords of Salem, as well as in the films Hatchet III and Devil in My Ride.
In 2019, Haig appeared as Captain Spaulding for the final time in the Rob Zombie film 3 from Hell, a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. He is set to posthumously appear in the 2020 slasher film Hanukkah, as well as in the upcoming film Abruptio.
Personal life and death
On November 3, 2007, Haig married Susan L. Oberg.
In early September 2019, Haig was hospitalized after falling at his home in Los Angeles. While recovering, he suffered from a lung infection after vomiting in his sleep. He died on September 21, 2019, from complications of COPD, aspergillosis, a small bowel obstruction and cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 80.
|1960||The Host||The Fugitive||Jack Hill||Short film|
|1962||The Firebrand||Diego||Maury Dexter|
|1965||Beach Ball||Drummer for Righteous Brothers||Lennie Weinrib||Uncredited role|
|1966||Blood Bath||Abdul the Arab||Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman|
|1967||It's a Bikini World||Daddy||Stephanie Rothman|
|Point Blank||First Penthouse Lobby Guard||John Boorman|
|1968||Spider Baby||Ralph||Jack Hill|
|The Hell with Heroes||Crespin||Joseph Sargent|
|1969||Pit Stop||Hawk Sidney||Jack Hill|
|1970||C.C. and Company||Crow||Seymour Robbie|
|1971||THX 1138||NCH||George Lucas|
|The Big Doll House||Harry||Jack Hill|
|Diamonds Are Forever||Slumber Inc. Attendant||Guy Hamilton|
|1972||The Big Bird Cage||Django||Jack Hill|
|The Woman Hunt||Silas||Eddie Romero|
|1973||Black Mama, White Mama||Ruben||Jack Hill|
|The No Mercy Man||Pill Box||Daniel Vance|
|Emperor of the North Pole||Grease Tail||Robert Aldrich|
|Beyond Atlantis||East Eddie||Eddie Romero|
|The Don Is Dead||The Arab||Richard Fleischer|
|1974||Busting||Rizzo's Bouncer||Peter Hyams|
|Foxy Brown||Hays||Jack Hill|
|Savage Sisters||Malavael||Eddie Romero|
|1976||Swashbuckler||Bald Pirate||James Goldstone|
|1978||Loose Shoes||Lone Stranger||Ira Miller|
|1981||Underground Aces||Faoud||Robert Butler|
|Chu Chu and the Philly Flash||Vince||David Lowell Rich|
|Galaxy of Terror||Quuhod||Bruce D. Clark|
|1982||The Aftermath||Cutter||Steve Barkett|
|Forty Days of Musa Dagh||Turkish General||Sarky Mouradian|
|1987||Commando Squad||Iggy||Fred Olen Ray|
|1989||Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II||Donar||Charles B. Griffith|
|1990||The Forbidden Dance||Joa||Greydon Clark|
|Genuine Risk||Curly||Kurt Voss|
|1997||Jackie Brown||Judge||Quentin Tarantino|
|2003||House of 1000 Corpses||Captain Spaulding||Rob Zombie|
|2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||Jay||Quentin Tarantino|
|2005||The Devil's Rejects||Captain Spaulding / "Cutter"||Rob Zombie|
|2006||Little Big Top||Seymour||Ward Roberts|
|Vampira: The Movie||Himself||Kevin Sean Michaels||Documentary film|
|Night of the Living Dead 3D||Gerald Tovar, Jr.||Jeff Broadstreet|
|2007||Dead Man's Hand||Roy 'The Word' Donahue||Charles Band|
|Halloween||Chester Chesterfield||Rob Zombie|
|Brotherhood of Blood||Pashek||Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer|
|The Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Captain Spaulding||Rob Zombie||Voice role|
|Dark Moon Rising||Crazy Louis||Dana Mennie|
|2010||The Black Box||Radio Evangelist||Jonathan Lewis and David Sherbrook||Voice role|
|2011||Creature||Chopper||Fred M. Andrews|
|2012||The Lords of Salem||Dean Magnus||Rob Zombie|
|2013||Hatchet III||Abbott McMullen||BJ McDonnell|
|Devil in My Ride||Iggy||Gary Michael Schultz|
|The Penny Dreadful Picture Show||Shopkeeper||Eliza Swenson|
|Zombex||The Commander||Jesse Dayton|
|2015||Bone Tomahawk||Buddy||S. Craig Zahler|
|2017||Death House||Icicle Killer||B. Harrison Smith|
|To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story||Himself||Derek Dennis Herbert||Documentary film|
|2018||Suicide for Beginners||Barry||Craig Thieman|
|Cynthia||Detective Edwards||Devon Downs and Kenny Gage|
|2019||High on the Hog||Big Daddy||Tony Wash|
|3 from Hell||Captain Spaulding||Rob Zombie|
|2020||Hanukkah||Judah Lazarus||Eben McGarr||Post-production
|1962||The Untouchables||Augie the Hood||Episode: "The Case Against Eliot Ness"|
|1965||The Lucy Show||The Mummy||Episode: "Lucy and the Monsters"|
|1966||Batman||Royal Apothecary||2 episodes|
|1966–1969||Gunsmoke||Eli Crawford / Buffalo Hunter / Cawkins / Wade Hansen||4 episodes|
|1966–1970||Mission: Impossible||Various roles||9 episodes|
|1967||Star Trek||First Lawgiver||Episode: "The Return of the Archons"|
|1967–1970||Get Smart||Guard / Bruce / Turk||3 episodes|
|1968||The Flying Nun||Señor Quesada||Episode: "The Return of Father Lundigan"|
|1975||Who Is the Black Dahlia?||Tattoo Artist||Television film|
|1976||The Return of the World's Greatest Detective||Vince Cooley||Television film|
|1976–1977||Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman||Texas||55 episodes|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Reza||Episode: "Diamond in the Rough"|
|Evening in Byzantium||Asied||Television miniseries|
|1978–1979||Jason of Star Command||Dragos||28 episodes|
|1978–1983||Fantasy Island||Otto / Harlen / Hakeem||3 episodes|
|1979||Death Car on the Freeway||Maurie||Television film|
|1980–1981||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||Pratt / Spirot||2 episodes|
|1981–1985||The Fall Guy||Yusef / Arnie / Mr. Fick / Biker||4 episodes|
|1982||The Dukes of Hazzard||Slocum||Episode: "Miz Tisdale on the Lam"|
|1983||The A-Team||Sonny Jenko||Episode: "Black Day at Bad Rock"|
|Automan||1st Gang Member||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Thug||Episode: "Remote Control Man"|
|1985–1986||MacGyver||Khalil / Khan||2 episodes|
|1988||Goddess of Love||Hephaestus||Television film|
|1989–1990||Just the Ten of Us||Bob||3 episodes|
|1992||Boris and Natasha: The Movie||Colonel Gorda||Television film|
|2005||House of the Dead 2||Professor Curien||Television film|
Episode: "Tigtone and the Pilot"