Happy Birthday to our beloved Captain Spaulding!
Sidney Eddie Mosesian, later on to be known as Sid Haig, was born on July 14, 1939, in Fresno, California. He is a distinctive actor, towering at 6’4″, bald and usually bearded. He fell into the acting business by accident.
When Sid was about seven, he took dancing lessons because of a lack of coordination. Later on, he began to show interest in music. He was a natural with music, in particular the drums. He could do it all – Swing, Country, Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. About a year out of high school, he signed a record contract. In 1958, he recorded the single Full House with the T-Birds. However, Sid’s passion was truly with acting.
His first acting role was in 1960 in a student film at UCLA called The Host. He has a four decade long career and has starred in over 50 films and 350 TV shows. He starred in such films as Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974), George Lucas’ THX 1138 (1971) and in Diamonds are Forever (1971). His TV credits are remarkable. He appeared in such programs as the A- Team (1983), T.J. Hooker (1982), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), Quincy M.E. (1976), Charlie’s Angels (1976), Star Trek (1966), Get Smart (1965), Batman (1966), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1980-81) and many other ground breaking shows throughout the 1950’s and beyond.
Haig in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
In 1992, he decided to retire from acting due to being tired of typecasting. Haig stated:
“I’ll never play another stupid heavy again, and I don’t care if that means that I never work, ever.”
In 1997, Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of the judge in Jackie Brown specifically for Sid Haig. This was the beginning of better acting jobs for Haig.
Haig in Jackie Brown
It was also during this time when Haig ran a community theater company and he tried his hand at theater in Los Angeles. Haig appeared in Rob Zombie’s debut film House of a 1000 Corpses in 2000. This role revived his career and earned him an award for Best Supporting Actor in the 13th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, as well as an induction into the Horror Hall of Fame. He reprised the beloved role of Captain Spaulding in the sequel, 2005’s Devils Rejects. He received Best Actor in the 15th Annual Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and shared the Spike TV Scream Awards “Most Vile Villain” with his co-stars, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie and Leslie Easterbrook, as the Firefly Family.
Sid Haig continues to appear in many films. He is currently filming at this time and has projects throughout 2018. Are you a Captain Spaulding fan? Let PopHorror know in the comments. And don’t forget to wish our favorite killer clown a happy birthday!