Tuesday, September 7, 2010

RIP Glenn Shadix

Bessemer native and "Beetle Juice" actor Glenn Shadix dies following a fall in his condo

Bessemer native Glenn Shadix, a Hollywood character actor best known for his role as Otho the interior decorator in Tim Burton's "Beetle Juice," died this morning following a fall at his Birmingham condo, a family member said today.

Mr. Shadix, who appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows, was 58.

"He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair," Susan Gagne, Shadix's sister, said. "It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death."

Besides his breakthrough role as the outlandish Otho in "Beetle Juice" in 1988, Mr. Shadix appeared in two more movies for the writer-director Burton, doing the voice of the mayor in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in 1993 and playing the orangutan Senator Nado in Burton's 2001 remake of the sci-fi classic "Planet of the Apes."

After retiring from Hollywood, Mr. Shadix moved back to Birmingham about four years ago to be close to his family, his sister said. He had been living in a condo on Highland Avenue.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Tuesday afternoon.

SHADIX, Glenn William
Born: 4/15/1952, Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 9/7/2010, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.

Glenn Shadix western - actor:
Sunset 1988 (Roscoe Arbuckle)

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