Sid Haig, horror film icon and star of Rob Zombie films, dies at 80

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Horror movie star Sid Haig, whose career spanned more than five decades and included more than 70 films, died Saturday at the age of 80  The actor starred as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s debut film “House of 1000 Corpses” and went on to reprise the role in the sequels “The Devil’s Rejects” and the recently released “3 From Hell ” Advertisement  His wife, Susan Oberg, said in an Instagram post Monday morning that his death came as a shock to the family Haig, who was born in California in 1939, was hospitalized earlier this month, but it was not immediately clear what kind of health issues he was battling  “He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be,” Oberg wrote. “He adored his family, his friends and his fans ”  Haig, whose birth name was Sidney Eddie Mosesian, appeared in several Jack Hill films in the 1960s and 70s as well as more than 350 television series, including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Batman, according to IMDb and a biography on his official website  He also starred in the James Bond installment “Diamonds are Forever,” George Lucas’ “THX 1138” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown ” Haig stopped acting for several years in the 1990s, vowing to “never play another stupid ‘heavy’ again,” according to his biography He returned before the end of the decade and went on to star in several movies, gaining a new round of fans and several awards for his work with musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie  “As we were making House Of 1000 Corpses neither of us knew he was creating a character that would live on and grow in popularity every year,” Zombie wrote in a heartfelt message posted Monday on Facebook  “Sid told me many times how thankful he was for the Captain and how that character changed his life He had completely given up on acting and now suddenly had found a whole new audience at the age of 60 I know he was thrilled and blown away by that fact.”

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