Sid Haig

Active - 1962 - 2022  |   Born - Jul 14, 1939 in Fresno, California, United States  |   Genres - Action, Spy Film, Horror, Crime, Comedy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Tall, bald and nearly always bearded, Sid Haig has provided hulking menace to many a low-budget exploitationer and high-priced actioner. A 1960 alumnus of the Pasadena Playhouse, Haig has been in films at least since 1964, when he played a lobotomized "poor relation" in the cult horror classic Spider Baby. He has proved quite valuable to such filmmakers as producer Roger Corman and director Jack Hill, playing abusive goons in such fare as The Big Doll House and The Big Bird Cage. Sid Haig's more "respectable" credits include George Lucas' THX 1138 and the 1970 James Bond opus Diamonds are Forever (he's the flunkey who tosses a topless Lana Wood from the window of a high-rise Vegas hotel).

After decades of B-movie roles, Haig received a late-career boost in 1997, when he was given a small part in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. In the ensuing years, he would again work with Tarantino in Kill Bill, Vol. 2, and show up in the Rob Zombie horror flicks House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

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  • Started dance lessons as a kid because he was growing so fast and was uncoordinated.
  • Recorded the single "Full House" with the T-Birds in 1958.
  • First acting job was in Jack Hill's student film at UCLA titled The Host (1960).
  • Attended Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, United States.
  • Retired from acting in 1992 and did not work as an actor for five years.
  • While retired, he became a licensed hypnotherapist.
  • Known for his shaved head, towering height and bearded appearance.