Sid Haig, the actor best known for portraying murderous clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s horror movies has died at the age of 80.
The horror movie star, who portrayed the character in House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, passed away on Saturday September 21.
Confirming the news, his wife Suzie wrote on Instagram: “On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next.
“He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us.
“We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected. Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.”
Responding to the post, actress Rosario Dawson wrote: “Oh! Dear Sid. You will be missed beloved. Grateful to have met and worked with you. What a talent and energy graced this earth. Blessings and love to your adored family. “
Tributes also came from Rob Zombie himself, who penned a lengthy tribute to Haig on his official website.
“Last night I received a phone call I was dreading from Bill Moseley. He told me that our friend Sid Haig had died. It was shocking but unfortunately not unexpected. I’ve know for a long time how sick Sid was and what he was battling. Over the past year as I saw pictures of him still attending conventions I thought perhaps he had beat it, but last week when he returned to the hospital I feared the worst,” wrote Zombie.
“Sid and I had a long talk on the day that he told me of his condition and he knew 3 From Hell would most likely be his last appearance on screen. Sadly it was. I knew it was very important to Sid that Captain Spaulding make one more round and he did. Sid’s time in the film is brief. He was in rough shape that day, but he made his scene very memorable.
“I was a fan of his as a kid watching Jason of Star Command all the way through our twenty years of working together. I can still clearly remember the first time we met. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal. Sid came out of the dressing room wearing a clown suit which was a few sizes too small. We said hello then we both started laughing at how ridiculous he looked in his ill-fitting suit. We would find him a much better suit.
“As we were making House of 1000 Corpses neither of us knew he was creating a character that would live on and grow in popularity every year. Sid told me many times how thankful he was for the Captain and how that character changed his life. He had completely given up on acting and now suddenly had found a whole new audience at the age of 60. I know he was thrilled and blown away by that fact.
“The Captain is gone… but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sid.”
Haig’s final turn as Captain Spaulding came in 3 From Hell – which was released in US cinemas from September 16—18. The success of the screenings, which featured a video introduction from Zombie, meant that it will return to theaters on October 14.
Aside from horror, Haig also boasted an extensive list of small screen credits – including turns in Batman, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, The Rockford Files, The Dukes of Hazzard, Get Smart and MacGyver.