He had a distinctive look and appeared in 149 different productions. A number of his films were horror related including House of 1000 Corpses (2003) where he portrayed Captain Spaulding and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005).
Haig also appeared in ‘Jackie Brown’ and blaxploitation films like ‘Coffy’ and ‘Foxy Brown’. Sid picked up an Eyegore Award for his lifetime achievement in cinema.
Most of the time, Sid sported a beard and his tall stature was domineering on screen. His was a hulking menace in a number of low-budget exploitation films. However, he appeared in a few higher end productions as well. Haig got his start in horror back in 1967’s Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told.
Sid Haig was born Sidney Eddie Mosesian on July 14, 1939 in Fresno, California. His Armenian heritage, gave him a distinctive look among his physical size. From what is understood, Sid died due to complications from an unspecified “accident” that happened two weeks earlier.
In a statement shared on the actor’s Instagram account, wife Susan L. Oberg wrote, “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,” she continued. “This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected.”
Sid’s wife also commented that he was “winning the fight” after taking a “nasty spill.”
Director Rob Zombie commented to Entertainment Weekly, “Haig was meant to have a larger role in this fall’s third installment, 3 From Hell. Health issues prevented him from doing so.”
“The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, the three originals,” Zombie said. “But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig.
“He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I’m like holy sh—this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he’s big and burly, and now he’s tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he’s in rough shape.”
Knowing how important it was to include Haig in the film, the director added, “Lionsgate was fine with me sort of sneaking him in one day to shoot as much as I could. It was on me to make sure that nothing went wrong. So I got him in, I shot everything I could shoot.”
Sid Haig leaves behind his family, friends and fans. The big guy will be missed by many.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)