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Sid Haig
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Intro American actor
Was Actor Television actor Film actor Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 14 July 1939, Fresno, USA
Death 21 September 2019, Los Angeles, USA (aged 80 years)
Star sign Cancer
Stats
Height: 1.8923 m
Sid Haig
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Biography

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.

Early life

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.

Acting career

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.

Sid Haig with his wife, Susan L. Oberg, at the 2007 Scream Awards

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.

Selected filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
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
Che! Antonio Richard Fleischer
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
Coffy Omar Jack Hill
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
1988 Warlords The Warlord
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
2009
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
Posthumous release
TBA Abruptio Sal Evan Marlowe Post-production
Posthumous release

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
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
2018 Tigtone Lord Festus Voice
Episode: "Tigtone and the Pilot"
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