This morning brought with it the sad news of the passing of horror icon Sid Haig at age 80. Haig’s career lasted nearly 60 years, and his portrayal of charismatic villain Captain Spaulding in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects made him a legend.
Understandably, tributes to Haig are flooding in from the horror community, including many people who had the pleasure of working with him. Haig’s reputation as a kind, down-to-Earth guy preceded him, and he clearly never took his fame for granted.
Included below is a selection of social media tributes to Haig from various notables, beginning with director Rob Zombie himself, who penned a touching farewell to his friend and colleague on Facebook. Sid Haig may sadly be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.
Last night I received a phone call I was dreading from Bill Moseley. He told me that our friend Sid Haig had died. It…
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On this sad day you got to remember the good times. This photo was taken the first time me and Sid got together. It was early 2000 or perhaps even late 1999. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal Studios. We were both having a good laugh at this crummy, ill-fitting clown suit. It took a few tries to get his look right, but we got there. Who knew that crazy clown would become an iconic horror figure? Certainly not the two guys in the picture. #CaptainSpaulding #sidhaig #houseof1000corpses
After twenty years of working together. This was the final day.
I found this old Polaroid of me, Bill and Sid taken shortly after we finished filming the new ending of House of 1000 Corpses. Seems like a long time ago.
I am not 100% sure but I think this is from the first night of shooting House of 1000 Corpses. We are all sitting in a…
Let history record that just last month Sid Haig showed up for the Scares That Care charity event, flying cross country and taking care of his fans even when he was having trouble walking. He loved the horror family as much as horror loved him.@Shudder @kinky_horror pic.twitter.com/ghgro55VcY
— Joe Bob Briggs (@therealjoebob) September 23, 2019
Goodbye Sid Haig. A great mate to hang with. An enthralling storyteller. A class act. One of a kind. An historical landmark that will missed forever. pic.twitter.com/1YSYbE1p69
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) September 23, 2019
Awww so sad about Sid Haig. From Spider Baby to Captain Spaulding he created a strong iconic presence in all his roles. In person he was warm and kind and all will remember how devoted he was to his fans. Too soon gone but so bold and brilliant we will never forget. #Rip
— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) September 23, 2019
RIP #SidHaig. I had the pleasure and thrill of working with him on Halloween Wars. He was very kind and very, very funny. Sid made an indelible mark on the horror genre, and made devoted fans of us all. pic.twitter.com/sFnSYr2M6B
— Don Mancini (@RealDonMancini) September 23, 2019
I'm heartbroken at the loss of my friend and horror icon Sid Haig. Every film you were in, and the world as a whole was better because you were in it. You always made me smile Sid. One of your many gifts. RIP Captain. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. #RIPSidHaig pic.twitter.com/bUdxNHSeDD
— Ginger Lynn Allen (@BlameItOnGinger) September 23, 2019
— Elvira (@TheRealElvira) September 23, 2019
As a veteran of cons and appearances #UncleSid was a strong steady presence. his career covered decades of entertainment. His private words to me meant the most. You sir were strength personified. Rest in #Paradise
ur impact in fans is already missed
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) September 23, 2019
It’s fairly rare in the movie industry to find an actor that nobody seems to have a bad word to say about, but that definitely seems to be the case for Haig. At the rate the tributes keep pouring in, it’s possible there will be enough for a second post tomorrow.
Goodbye Sid Haig. All of us here at iHorror will miss your presence in horror films, and at conventions. Still, we can’t begin to imagine the pain your family and friends are feeling right now. Rest in peace Captain Spaulding, and know you’re in our thoughts.