Character actor Glenn Shadix dies at 58

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Glenn Shadix, a character actor best remembered for his portrayal of a portly, pretentious designer in the 1988 ghost comedy ‘Beetlejuice,’ died Tuesday at his home in Birmingham, Ala. He was 58.

Personal manager Juliet Green told the Associated Press that Shadix had returned to his home state after many years living in Los Angeles.


A cause of death was not immediately known, but his sister, Susan Gagne, told the Birmingham News that he had been using a wheelchair for mobility and appeared to have fallen in his kitchen and struck his head.

Green said the prolific actor had one of his closest professional relationships with director Tim Burton, who cast him in films like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ in addition to ‘Beetlejuice.’

-- Associated Press

Photos, from left: Glenn Shadix, with Wayne DeHart, left, in ‘Rose’s.’ Shadix in costume for ‘Planet of the Apes.’ Credit: Sam Emerson / 20th Century Fox