Sid Haig, who acted in ‘House of 1000 Corpses,’ dies at 80

Actor Sid Haig
Sid Haig at Universal Studios Hollywood celebrating Halloween Horror Nights in 2011.
(Dan Krauss / Associated Press)

Sid Haig, the bearded character actor best known as Captain Spaulding in the “House of 1000 Corpses” horror film trilogy, has died.

Haig representative Kathleen Schultz told the Associated Press that he died Saturday after a recent fall in his home. He was 80.

“House of 1000 Corpses” director Rob Zombie posted a picture on Instagram of Haig in full character. “Hooray for Captain Spaulding. Gone but not forgotten,” Zombie wrote on Monday. Haig had appeared recently as Spaulding in Zombie’s “3 From Hell.”


The actor’s other credits included George Lucas’ “THX 1138" as well as the Quentin Tarantino movies “Jackie Brown” and “Kill Bill, Vol. 2.” He also appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown.”

The Fresno native played drums for the 1950s group the T-Birds before working in film.