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Sid Haig: All You Need to Know About Him

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 films from the 1970s, as well as for his appearances in most notably, his role as in the Haig’s Captain Spaulding, and Haig himself, have been called icons of horror cinema. Haig had a leading role on the television series as the villain Dragos. He appeared in many television programs as well.

Early Life of Sid Haig

Sid 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.

Sid 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 rockand roll.

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He found it easy to earn money with his music, and signed a recording contract one year out of high school. Still a teenager, Sid Haig went on to record the single “Full House” with the T-Birds in 1958, which reached No. 4 on the charts. Acting career

Sid 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.

Sid 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 UNCLE, Gun-smoke, Mission Impossible Star Trek Get Smart The Flying Nun, Mary Hartman, Emergency!,Charlie’s Angels, Jason of Star Command, Fantasy Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazard, 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.

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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 2020 film.

Personal Life and Death of Sid Haig

House of 1000 Corpses star Sid Haig in April 2019
Sid Haig

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

1960 The Host The Fugitive Jack Hill

1962 The Firebrand Diego Maury Dexter

1965 Beach Ball Drummer for Righteous Brothers Lennie Weinrib

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
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

Dark Moon Rising Crazy Louis Dana Mennie
2010 The Black Box Radio Evangelist Jonathan Lewis and David Sherbrook

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

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

Abruptio Sal
Evan Marlowe

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