Pretty sad news to hear that Sid Haig has left the building. He was one of my favorite actors, without a doubt. He had this natural cool about him, and seemed to instill confidence in everyone he was in a scene with. His work with Pam Grier is classic. He had a way of stealing the scene of any movie he was in. When you saw his name in the credits you knew you were in for a good time.
My favorite movie of his, and it’s a tough call, because he was great in many roles, like Ralph in Spider Baby, the iconic Captain Spaulding, Omar in Coffy, and Django in The Big Bird Cage, to name just a few, but it’s another Jack Hill movie he did called Pit Stop (1969), in which he plays Hawk Sidney, a brash and arrogant figure 8 race car driver. He’s a combination of crazy, rock star cool, and a human when you get past the bravado. He may not have received top billing in the movie, but he’s the most memorable of all in it.
He is going to be missed. (MA)