'Beetlejuice' Actor Glenn Shadix Passes Away at 58 Years Old

September 8, 2010
Source: Alabama Local News

Glenn Shadix

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.

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Reader Feedback - 20 Comments


So sad! My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP, Mr. Shadix.

Spider on Sep 8, 2010


"Jack, I can't make any decisions on my own, I'm just a politician!" R.I.P. Glen......We'll miss you!

Weezy1 on Sep 8, 2010


Awww man. That sucks. RIP. He was Hilarious in Demolition man.

Solo Calrissian on Sep 8, 2010



Daniel felts on Sep 8, 2010


"Don't mind her. She's still upset, because somebody dropped a house on her sister." Ortho - Beetlejuice . He was one of the main reasons Beetlejuice is still enjoyable ... RIP Glenn, thanks for the laughs!

Sam Shadey on Sep 8, 2010


R.I.P you'll be missed.

Xerxex on Sep 8, 2010


Tis a shame. He was pretty funny in Beetlejuice. I know a few guys like that character in real life.

Crapola on Sep 8, 2010


He was only 58?!! That means he was in his late 20s for Beetlejuice! I would've guessed he was in his 40s for Beetlejuice. Maybe because the character he played came out as older, I don't know. I just would've guessed older. Anyhow, he played the character great.

jjboldt on Sep 8, 2010


Oops. My math is off. I said late 20s in my previous post (#8). He would've been mid-30s for Beetljuice. Still younger than I would've guessed.

jjboldt on Sep 8, 2010


Shadix, Shadix, SHADIX

ocp on Sep 8, 2010



Ambient on Sep 8, 2010



Cody w on Sep 8, 2010


Lol, if only #10. Crazy cool actor. I'll watch Beetlejuice in his honor tonight.

Cracky on Sep 8, 2010


"It reads like stereo instructions"........he was so good in Carnivale. We will miss him. RIP ."Jack....JACK....I have the plans for next years Halloween!"

Clover on Sep 8, 2010


Oh, that's so sad. RIP, my favorite movie interior decorator. You will be missed.

SpideyTerry on Sep 8, 2010


Heathers <3 Rest In Peace my friend!

Lincoln on Sep 9, 2010


He was a good actor with impeccable timing. I'm VERY sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace, indeed.

Pappadave on Sep 9, 2010



George on Sep 9, 2010


Good bye, man - you were hilarious in the Burton's flick.

Susan on Sep 9, 2010


R.I.P. Glenn...

blasphemer on Sep 10, 2010

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