A year ago today, we lost one of the great actors of our time, Mr Sidney Eddie Mosesian, or Sid Haig as he was known professionally. I would like to say that from here on I’ll be referring to him as just Sid – I don’t want this to be a formal obituary where I always refer to him by his full name or even more formal, Mr Haig… I didn’t know him and can’t count myself as a friend or even acquaintance but knowing how he felt about his fans I can’t imagine he’d want me sticking to formalities here!
I have to say that when celebrities pass away it never affected me. I don’t know these people, and whilst it is sad that I won’t be able to enjoy new work by them, I never understood why people got so upset at the passing of a celebrity. I know what it is to mourn, I have lost family and have gone through that grieving process but why do I need to go through the same thing over a person whom I’ve never even met?
On 21st September 2019 I got the answer to that question, as I too found myself dumbstruck at the passing of a man whom I didn’t know… But a man whose work I absolutely adore and who I looked up to as an inspiration – he inspired my art work and fueled my belief in the good that can come from celebrity. I think there are few people who had the same passion and love for their fans as Sid did. Funnily enough it is another horror actor who I think shares that same sort of passion, and that is Danny Trejo. I have always thought that there was something very powerful about the way these 2 go out of their way for people.
When I say that he inspired my art I actually made 2 paintings of him. One of these I still have and the second of these (the better of the two) I actually sent to him just before he passed away. The plan was to have that painting and a Funko pop of him signed. Before he passed he was working relentlessly on his online shop to fulfil all manner of these orders. Sadly I never received these back, signed or unsigned, and to this day it saddens me that his wife Susan blanket issued refunds for these kinds of items. Honestly, yes even unsigned I would have loved my bits back as I was very proud of them and wanted them to remember him by… But she had gone through enough and I didn’t want that money back. I hope that she knows, or if she reads this will know that all over the world he did an amazing job and touched a lot of people, and we all respect and thank her for the help that she played in his career and of course also for supporting him in his final days.
Susan I know that you still run the Instagram page in honor of Sid and we all thank you so much for doing so!
Anywhere, before I got side tracked what I wanted to say was that I know that he did actually see the painting I did of him and was told that he was happy with it. In terms of what I have done creatively that, to this day, is still one of my proudest moments!
Look, I don’t want to blabber on because this isn’t putting anyone in a good mood, and I really do want to remember this powerhouse of an actor and let you know just how prolific he really was! So let’s learn a little about the man of the hour… Remind ourselves of a captain Spaulding quote or two (because that’s always going to put you in a good mood) and I hope you’ll all join me see our this day by watching house of 1,000 corpses!
But before I do, I did want to post this from the @remembering.sid.haig Instagram page run by Susan, and I highly recommend following it as she is most certainly still active on there. Whilst yes this is an incredibly sad post, it is also very beautiful and I think if you haven’t seen it yet, his wife paid tribute to him in such a touching way – thank you again… I really can’t stop saying thank you to her!
By the way… What’s your favorite Sid Haig movie?
Sid was very much known for his work as a horror actor and I think his most well loved and famous role has to be that of Captain Spaulding from the Firefly family movies. A role which he played so damn well that knowing who Sid was, it made you somehow fall in love with the absolute maniac that is Johnny Lee Jones, Cutter or to you and I… Captain Spaulding. But having passed away at the age of 80 this man from Fresno, California did so much more!
He was a big lad, just over 6 foot 2 inches in fact, had a bald head and let’s face it, he did look quite mean… So he was often type cast in to villainous roles. On IMDB he is credited with a massive 147 acting roles, and then another 47 as himself, including a documentary which looks like it’s currently being produced about him. Along with House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects and 3 From Hell there are so many other iconic roles and shows / movies he was involved in… I won’t list them all, thats why I linked the IMDB page, but here are just a few:
- Buddy in Bone Tomahawk
- Abbott MacMullen in Hatchet 3
- Dean Magnus in the Lords of Salem
- Chester Chesterfield in Halloween
- Gerald Tovar Jr in Night of the Living Dead 3d
- Jay in Kill Bill: 2
- The Judge in Jackie Brown
- Khalil and Khan in 2 episodes of MacGyver
- Sonny Jenko in the A-Team
- Slocum in the Dukes of Hazzard
- Gunther Maddox in Hart to Hart
- Dragos in Jason of Star Command
- Reza in Charlie’s Angels
- Higget’s Bodyguard in Shaft
- Several roles across 9 episodes of Mission: Impossible
- First Lawgiver in Star Trek: The Original Series
He acted like a true legend all the way to his last movie and whilst I understand that it was a difficult project for him, I know that I join Sid Haig, Captain Spaulding, Devils Rejects and straight up horror fans all over the world in thanking him for his strength.
Especially in the peak of his career he often played smaller roles and didn’t necessarily always see the limelight on him, and whilst he was an incredible supporting actor, it wasn’t until the revival of his career which started with House of 1,000 Corpses that he started to really get recognised for the incredible talent he was! In the last years of his life he got some very well deserved awards:
- Shared award with the rest of the Firefly family for most vile villain in the 2006 Scream Awards.
- Best Actor in the Devil’s Rejects during the 2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards
- Lifetime achievement award in the 2010 Eyegore Awards.
- The “Maria” Honorary Award in the Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival.
- Horror Icon of the Year in the 2012 Louisville Fright Night Film Festival.
- Best supporting actor in Synthia during the 2018 Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival.
- He is an inductee in the Dangoria Horror Hall of Fame.
We can talk facts and figures all day about this man, because he racked up a lot over his lengthy career and I for one am thankful that he lead such an incredible life and career… Did you know that he was also an accomplished musician, recording a record with the T-Birds as their drummer in the late 50’s which got to number 4 in the charts, as well as later going on to becoming a trained hypnotherapist… I bet it was never boring in the Haig household!
What I think I loved the most about him, and I feel like it came out the absolute best when he portrayed Spaulding, was his sense of humor. He was an incredibly intelligent but equally funny man – that Tutti Frutti line… Nothing to do with Rob Zombie… that was all Sid Haig according to IMDB – you see, even I learned something new writing this article.
So, do we want to remind ourselves a little bit about Cutters wicked, twisted sense of humor?
“Howdy folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. See the Alligator Boy, ride my famous Murder Ride. Most of all, don’t forget to take home some of my tasty fried chicken! Ha ha! It just tastes so damn good!”House of 1,000 Corpses
“Fuck yo mamma! Fuck yo sister! Fuck yo grandma! But most of all… FUCK YOU!”House of 1,000 Corpses
Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit.House of 1,000 Corpses
“That retard who hangs out at Molly’s fruit stand? For the life of me, I do not understand why you hang out with that asshole.”House of 1,000 Corpses
“Yeah, cute kid. Ain’t my type though. You know, I like ’em with a little more meat on ’em. Ha ha. The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin’.”House of 1,000 Corpses
Mary fuckin’ Moses! Y’all get the fuck outta here!House of 1,000 Corpses
“If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I’d fart.”House of 1,000 Corpses (not a quote but written on one of his t-shirts)
“See I have some top secret clown business that supersedes any plans you might have for this here vehicle.”The Devil’s Rejects
“Do I stutter, bitch?”The Devil’s Rejects
Where the hell you goin’? Damn it. Don’t you NEVER turn your back on a fuckin’ clown when he’s talkin’ to you!”The Devil’s Rejects
“What’s the matter kid, don’t you like clowns? Why? Don’t we make ya laugh? Aren’t we fuckin’ funny? You best come up with an answer, cos I’m gonna come back here and check on you and your momma and if you ain’t got a reason why you hate clowns, I’m gonna kill your whole fucking family.”The Devil’s Rejects
“If you’re gonna start the killing, you best start it right here. Make sure I’m all the way dead, because I’ll come back and make you my bitch!”The Devil’s Rejects
“I think I’m gonna get me some tutti fuckin frutti.”The Devil’s Rejects
“Well if you’d give me a chance, I was gonna call you a crazy, pig-fuckin’, dumbass, pussy piece of shit!”The Devil’s Rejects
“What’s the difference between a dead squirrel lying in the road and a dead clown lying in the road? There are skid marks in front of the squirrel.”3 From Hell
“I’m just a clown dancing to the sins of mankind.“3 From Hell
RIP, much love and thank you Sid Haig – still very much missed a year on.