'Beetlejuice' Actor Glenn Shadix Passes Away at 58 Years Old
The man who so eccentrically and invasively decorated the Deetz family house in Tim Burton's original cult comedy Beetlejuice has sadly and truly passed into the afterlife. Actor Glenn Shadix who ever so famously portrayed the gothic interior designer Otho in Burton's 1988 film has died at age 58 following a fatal fall at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. Susan Gagne, Shadix's sister told Alabama Local News, "He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair. It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death." A truly tragic end for a man who enjoyed a fantastic career in both film and television.
Aside from his career-making turn in Beetlejuice, Shadix collaborated with Tim Burton a couple more times. The actor not only voiced The Mayor in the Burton produced Nightmare Before Christmas, but also played Senator Nado in Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes. Additionally, Shadix also had smaller roles in films like Multiplicity and Demolition Man, as well as several appearances on TV shows like HBO's "Carnivale" and voice work on CN's "Teen Titans" as The Brain. We can only hope that Mr. Shadix still had ahold of The Handbook for the Recently Deceased to help him in the afterlife. Rest in peace, and thanks for the laughs.