Glenn Shadix Dead: ‘Beetlejuice’ Actor

September 7, 2010

Glenn Shadix, best known for his role as Otho in the movie ‘Beetlejuice,’ is dead at the age of 58. The cause of the actor’s death is believed to be an accident. Reports suggest that he fell out of his wheelchair and suffered a blow to the head. Read more about the tragedy, and a biography below.

This one really hits hard. I don’t know anybody who didn’t love Tim Burton’s creepy movie as a kid. In fact, I’m going to go old school and watch it tonight on VHS.

TMZ first broke the news. Click here for more on the story from them.

As a biography, William Glenn Shadix was born on April 15, 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He was openly gay. For his collegiate years he went to Birmingham-Southern, and then relocated to NYC. After living some time in New York he relocated again, this time to Hollywood, California. He rose to fame after landing a role in ‘Beetlejuice,’ which his agent advised him to pass up. Fortunately Shadix ignored his agent’s misinformed advice. During filming for the movie Burton and Shadix struck up a friendship, which resulted in them making two more films together – ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows – follow this link to learn about his other roles. In winter of 2008 his Queen Anne Victorian home was burnt to ashes in a fire. About the fire he sadly said, “I have lost my dream.” He died on September 7, 2010.

For pictures of the actor click here.

He left behind his sister Susan Gagne, and spouse Jon Jong.

RIP Glenn Shadix. Your fans already miss you…

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7 Responses to “Glenn Shadix Dead: ‘Beetlejuice’ Actor”

  1. 1
    Danity Says:

    so sad!!

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    Miriam Says:

    Terrible news!! My condolences go out to his family

  3. 3
    Karyl Kesmodel - Rice Says:

    Billy Glenn has been my friend since 1971, and I’ll miss him more than words can say. You’re quite right, he had the biggest heart and one of the sweetest and most loving smiles I ever saw. I love him dearly for his friendship and kindness, admire him greatly for his acting talent, and honor him highly for his activism and willingness to deal with negative publicity and ugly personal comments in his quest for gay rights. Farewell, sweetie,
    I’ll miss you to the end of my days.
    As sad as I am and as badly as I’ll miss him, it’s nothing compared to the pain of his family — all of them. My deepest condolences.

  4. 4
    Jen Says:

    Boo!! beatlejuice,beatlejuice,beatlejuice!!! old school it is. RIP my friend!

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    Majombaszo Says:

    Glenn is- was my cousin and one of my best friends and my heart has broken today. Thank you for your kind and genuine words but I must correct one thing – Glenn had no spouse.

    The world has lost a great gentleman and one of the kindest souls I’ve ever had the honor of knowing.

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    Joan Says:

    NOOOO He’s the guy who came in to help them redecorate after they bought the house from the dead couple. RIP.

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    Jeanette Says:

    One of my favorite movies from the 80’s! RIP…