Sad news for you today, movie fans. Glenn Shadix passed away after he fell and struck his head in his Birmingham, AL home yesterday. The 58-year-old actor worked primarily in theater through the ’70s and ’80s. Tim Burton attended one performance in particular and took a liking to Shadix, going on to cast him in the role that he is perhaps best known for: interior designer Otho in the classic comedy “Beetlejuice.”
Shadix went on to appear in a number of other notable roles that fans of late-’80s/early-’90s film can immediately recognize: Father Ripper in “Heathers,” Associate Bob in “Demolition Man” and Mr. Fallows in “Sleepwalkers” being my personal favorites. Shadix also famously voiced the two-faced (literally!) mayor in Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and later worked with the director again in his remake of “Planet of the Apes.” After the jump I’ve embedded a classic “Beeltejuice” moment in which you can see Shadix getting his dance on. Rest in peace, Glenn– you will be missed.