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Rest In Peace Glenn Shadix

Hey guys. Quint here with some sad news. Great character actor Glenn Shadix (real name William G. Scott) died on Tuesday at the young age of 58. Word is he fell and hit his head.

Shadix is one of those people that puts a smile on my face every time I see them pop up. I knew him mostly as Otho, the New York interior decorator from hell in BEETLEJUICE, but also loved him in HEATHERS, DEMOLITION MAN, CARNIVALE and, of course, as the voice of the Mayor in NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. With a twinkle in his eye and an enthusiastic delivery Shadix had an unmistakable presence. The dude wasn’t a chameleon, but his personality was such that he didn’t need to disappear in every role. Glenn kept an active blog with a ton of his photography (where the picture from this article come from) which can be reached here. A memorial service will be held at the Covenant Community Church (2205 3rd Street N.E. Center Point, AL 35213) Sunday, September 12th at 2pm. My thoughts are with Mr. Shadix’s friends, family and fans. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by duct tape wallet

    Loved him in Demolition Man

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    also showed up in Seinfeld

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    as the building super fighting with the other super when Elaine was trying to move into Jerry's building - was wondering if AICN would mention him - RIP Otho!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    What was wrong with him prior to his death? I read that he had been wheelchair bound for the last few years, but never saw why.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Round Boy

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    We call the web designer were I work "Otho"...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...dude looks and talks EXACTLY like Shadix. Of course he has no idea we refer to him as such. Yeah... we're a bunch of bastards. Anyway, RIP Real Otho.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST



  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Character actors make good movies into great movies.

    by WarrenSmooth

    Rest in peace, big man.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    the world loses another great soul

    by JaredP

    whos next?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST


    by Nick Michalak

    Sorry to hear it. My condolences. Everything I've seen him in was hilarious and fun. RIP.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Oh man

    by Superturd

    This guy had a great presence. Remember his killer ape getup in Burton's Planet of the Apes? Sad loss.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    He also voiced Monsieur Mallah on Teen Titans.

    by TedKordLives

    RIP Associate Bob.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "word is he fell and hit his head"

    by Anything But Tangerines

    this is the lurking mortal danger of everyday life - balance, reflexes, and sobriety are our only defense.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    helmets help, too

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Why did I find him the scariest thing in

    by Phategod2

    Beelteguese and Demolition Man.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    That sucks.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    RIP. Funny guy.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I was proud to call him a friend

    by Superponte

    He was an awesome man, and he will be missed.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    I knew this Christmas thing was a bad idea

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I felt it in my gut.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Spot on again Quint

    by reagon

    Is it just me, or does it seem like Quint is the best thing about this site?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    He made everything he was in better...

    by DarthMusashi2112

    a great and funny man who will be missed. Check out his site, he has some great behind the scenes pics from Beetlejuice and Demolition Man!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Man, I hate him being dead. Just hate it.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by clever

    Truly a sad day - he was great in everything he was in, always bringing something new and vibrant to the character - I especially loved him as the Pastor in ' Heathers '. RIP SHADIX

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Glenn

    by Tater22

    I was lucky enough to know Glenn and to call him friend. He was always a joy to be around and could entertain for hours with his stories of growing up in Alabama and working in film. I will miss my friend.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    "Word is he fell and hit his head. "

    by Dharma4

    Well, that's a shitty way to exit... anyway to word that a little more... I don't know, respectful :(

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Meet the Applegates

    by Paul T. Ryan

    He was just hilarious in that one. Would really love to see it again. RIP sir.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I met him at a comic con

    by ltgalloway

    He was incredibly warm and approachable. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace Heath Ledger

    by Spyhunter

    Word is, he popped a lot of pills. Quint, did you think before you typed that out? I know you didn't mean anything about it but come on!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I hate to jump in on the "Old News" haters, but seriously...

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Did you guys just hear about this??? You may be literally the only site on the entire internet who hasn't posted this until now. :/

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    You may wish to check a dictionary as to the correct use of the word 'literally', my man...

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. sad :(

    by NeverTalksBack

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I loved him in Planet of the apes

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I wish we saw more of his senator character. RIP

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Oh no!!

    by Customikey

    That's so strange. I was JUST thinking about Glenn. Shame.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    What a loss

    by Teddy Artery

    Condolences to his family.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Now he's partying with that righteous dude...

    by tensticks

    Jeeee-zus. rest in peace.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Thanks for finally putting this up.

    by Johnny Smith

    RIP Councilman Templeton. "And who do you suppose they'll vote for come November?" "Anyone you tell them to."

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Oh, and he was in the wheelchair...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...awaiting surgery.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Oh, and he was in the wheelchair...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...awaiting surgery.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Blood Thinners are to blame

    by TheJudger

    Just ask Rue McClanahan and Gary Coleman.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    RIP Dear Sir..

    by BookhouseBoy

    Sad news. My favourite line of his.."Charles, you're lucky the yuppies are buying condos. You can afford what i'm gonna have to do to this place"

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Awwww... buh-bye Otho.

    by Cash907

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Such sad news. He will always be remembered

    by Ecto-1

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:14 a.m. CST

    RIP Associate Bob!

    by photoboy

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    RIP Mayor of Halloween Town.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Peace to Shadix, and condolences to his friends and family.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    by Johnny Smith

    "Jack, I'm only an elected official here, I can't make decisions by myself!"

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Sad. He was a funny guy.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Way to go

    by TheKGB

    Only how late in reporting? Aint It Slow News.. Oh John Wayne passed away, in case you guys didnt hear that..

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    You give this guy an obit but you skip guys like

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    McMahon, Disney, and John Quade. This is so wrong. Maybe this is part of AICN's "open and affirming" policy. Seriously what is wrong with you guys.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Now the Book of the Recently Deceased will come in handy

    by ricarleite2

    RIP... sad loss, and a sad way to go...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    For once, THE_CHOPPAH kneels to someone else.


    Rest in Peace, Mr. Shaddix. You brought joy to CHOPPAHdom.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    This sucks

    by D.Vader

    I always liked the guy in everything he did. Even when he played the gluttonous orangutan in Burton's Planet of the Apes remake.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The guy may have looked like a couch.

    by THAT__SAID

    But he was one of those actors who improved whatever movie he was in.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by veritasses


  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Captain RawBeard

    such a shame. always good when he popped up in a film.<br> <br> Harry sort out this auto playing Black Lightning tailer.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sad to see this individual go...

    by Darrenjiju

    I don't know anything about him, but I can see in his look, that he has a kind soul:) Sounds kind of cheeky, but it's just the way it is... Cheers, Darren

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I didn't realize...

    by Customikey

    He's an Alabama boy like me!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fell and hit his head on some AIDS?

    by fiester

    Just kidding. RIP. He was a funny guy.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST



    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Alec Baldwin's destiny lay in movies that were more about comedy than action, for much of the next decade. <P> I was so hopeful when It's Complicated came out that it heralded the return of both Baldwin and Martin as genuinely comedic guys. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Glenn.

    by sweeneydave

    Thanks for the good times.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Well, Shit

    by FarSky

    RIP, sir. As others have said, you were always a bright spot in your films.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    He died several days ago.

    by Rev. Slappy

    I read about it on Tuesday.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    So what? Not everyone constantly scans

    by Dennis_Moore

    the news minute by minute. First I'd heard about.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I hope he doesnt leave his guidebook lying around.

    by Neck_Lucas

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    This sucks

    by hairlesspet

    He was awesome in Carnivale and Beetlejuice. "Deliver me from L.L. Bean." RIP Mr. Shadix

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Glenn gave his last interview to me

    by careyleefisher

    I had the great fortune to interview Glenn Shadix on 2 occasions for my radio show, "Flashback". Sadly, my second interview with Glenn proved to be his final interview. Glenn was a terrific guy who turned into a friend after the first interview I did with him. RIP Glenn. You will be missed.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Beetlejuice, Demolition Man

    by Transhuman

    You got a special place in my heart. RIP.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by _Venkman

    You made some of my favorites: Beetlejuice, Demolition Man and Nightmare Before Chrismas.