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July 4, 2007

At the HorrorHoun Film Fest: the cult favorite, Sid Haig

One of the many stars who will be in attendance Friday and Saturday to meet fans at HorrorHound Weekend is veteran actor Sid Haig.

Haig, born in Fresno, Calif. in 1939, began his career in entertainment at the age of 7 dancing in a children’s Christmas show. He also showed talent in music and learned to play drums.

Just a year after high school, he received a recording contract and played on the single “Full House,” recorded by the T-Birds in 1958. But Haig’s true calling was acting.

Over the past 40-plus years, Haig has appeared in more than 50 films and 350 television shows, usually playing “heavy” characters such as thugs and bikers.

His film credits include “Foxy Brown,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and Quentin Tarantino films “Jackie Brown” and “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” as well as guest spots on television series like “Star Trek,” “Batman,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Horror fans, however, know him best as the wise-cracking, homicidal clown Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie film “House of 1,000 Corpses” and its sequel, “The Devil’s Rejects.”

In a phone interview, Haig spoke out about his career, upcoming appearance at this weekend’s event and Indiana weather.

Q. How did you get into acting and what were some of your early roles?

A. Well, I’ve always been involved in some form of show business ever since I was 7 years old. I started out as a dancer, getting paid to dance. Went from that into music and then into acting through junior high school and high school, and went out to the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts and upon graduation about a month later I was working. And I’ve never stopped.

Q. What are some of the roles you’ve enjoyed most during your career?

A. Geez, that’s difficult because I enjoy various roles for various reasons. I had a great time doing something I never thought I would do, which was a Saturday morning live-action show called “Jason of Star Command,” which as a matter of fact, a double-DVD box set for both seasons just came out.

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