Date of Birth : Jul 14th 1939
As a youth, his rapid physical growth interfered with his motor coordination, prompting him to take dancing lessons. At the age of seven, he was a paid dancer in a children’s Christmas show, and later joined a vaudeville revival show.
Haig also displayed musical talent particularly for the drums, prompting his parents to buy him a drum set, on which he mastered a wide range of musical styles, including swing, country, jazz, blues and rock and roll. He found it easy to earn money with his music, and signed a recording contract one year out of high school. Haig went on to record the single “Full House” with the T-Birds in 1958 which shot to #4 on the charts.
Sid Haig retired in 1992 on account of getting typecast: “I just didn’t want play stupid heavies anymore. 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”. Haig did not work in acting for five years, instead training and becoming a certified Hypnotherapist. Then, in 1997, Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of the judge in Jackie Brown specifically for Haig, whose acting prospects continued to improve.
In 2000, Haig starred in Rob Zombie’s debut film House of 1000 Corpses, as Captain Spaulding. The role revived Haig’s acting career, earning him a “Best Supporting Actor” award in the 13th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and induction into the Horror Hall of Fame. His image as Captain Spaulding has become iconic in today’s horror genre. Haig reprised his role as Spaulding in Zombie’s sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, entitled The Devil’s Rejects. For this film, he received the award for “Best Actor” in the 15th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, as well as sharing the award for “Most Vile Villain” at the First Annual Spike TV Scream Awards with Leslie Easterbrook, Sheri Moon and Bill Moseley as The Firefly Family. He was also nominated as “Best Butcher” in the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, but lost to Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw from Saw II.
Recently, Sid Haig reunited with Rob Zombie once again, albeit briefly, in the director’s Halloween remake, in the role of cemetery caretaker Chester Chesterfield.