Sid Haig

By Giselle Hernandez

Sid Haig was an American actor, film producer, and musician. He was born on July 14, 1989, in Fresno, California. Haig was raised in an Armenian community. As a young kid, his rapid growth interfered with his motor coordination; which made him have to take dance lessons. At 7 years old, he was a paid dancer and later joined a vaudeville revival show. Haig was also musically talented at the drums. He mastered how to play a wide range of music styles; including swing, country, jazz, blues, and rock and roll. One year after high school, Haig signed a recording contract. Still a teen, Haig went on to record the single “Full House” with T-birds in 1958. This single also reached number 4 on the charts. During his senior year, the play was produced in which he decided to participate. A Hollywood actor who saw Haig perform told him he should continue his education in San Fernando Valley. He also told him to consider an acting career. Two years later he enrolled in the Pasadena playhouse. His first acting role was in a short student film in 1960 called “ The Host” at UCLA. Haig’s television debut was a role in an episode of “ The Untouchables”. He also appeared on Batman, Star Trek, The A-team, and Charlie’s Angels. Haig then temporarily retired off acting in 1992. He felt like he wasn’t getting the parts he wanted.

“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.”

In 2003, Haig starred in “ House of 1000 corpses”. He played a psychotic clown called “Captain Spaulding”. This role revived Haig’s acting career and earned him a “ Best Supporting Actor” award at the 13th annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. He played the role of Captain Spaulding in other movies here and there for 16 years. In 2019 He once again Appeared as Captain Spaulding for a final time in Rob Zombie’s film “3 From Hell”. Haig Married Susan L. Oberg on November 3rd of 2007. In early September, Haig was hospitalized after falling in his home. While recovering Haig vomited in his sleep causing a lung infection. There were complications and he died on September 21, 2019, at age 80.