Glenn Shadix

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Glenn Shadix
Glenn Shadix.jpg
Shadix as Otho Fenlock in Beetlejuice (1988)
Born (1952-04-15)April 15, 1952
Bessemer, Alabama
Died September 7, 2010(2010-09-07) (aged 58)
Birmingham, Alabama
Cause of death
blunt trauma
Resting place
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–2007; 2010[1]

William Glenn Shadix (April 15, 1952 – September 7, 2010) was an American actor, known for his role as Otho Fenlock in Tim Burton's horror/comedy film Beetlejuice and the voice of the Mayor of Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Early life[edit]

Shadix was born in Bessemer, Alabama. He added the surname "Scott" when his mother, Annie Ruth (Livingston), remarried a few years after his birth.[2] He attended Birmingham-Southern College for two years, studying with absurdist playwright-director Arnold Powell.[3]


He lived in New York City prior to moving to Hollywood in the late 1970s. He got his breakthrough film role in Beetlejuice while appearing a stage play, portraying Gertrude Stein.[4] Beetlejuice filmmaker Tim Burton went on to cast Shadix in 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes.

In 1995, Shadix was cast as Ray Cathode in the Space Mountain queue advertisements when the ride was sponsored by FedEx.

In 2005, Shadix was cast as the voices of the Brain and Monsieur Mallah in season five of the Teen Titans animated series. His other voice work includes the aforementioned Nightmare, and episodes of Jackie Chan Adventures and Justice League Unlimited (where he played Tobias Whale and Steven Mandragora). He reprised his Nightmare Before Christmas role in the video game The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, and the Square-Enix video game Kingdom Hearts II.

His television work included the HBO drama Carnivàle, the NBC television comedy Seinfeld, in which he played Jerry's landlord, and playing the roles of giant brothers Typhoon and Typhon in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. On stage, Shadix was set to begin rehearsals for a Birmingham production of Alan Bennett's History Boys.[citation needed] He also recorded a promo for Red Bar Radio.

Personal life[edit]

He once wrote that as a teenager he underwent aversion therapy, in an attempt to become straight.[5] In 2007, after spending 30 years in Los Angeles, he retired to his native Bessemer, Alabama, where he purchased a Queen Anne-style Victorian era home. The house was completely destroyed in a fire on December 13, 2008. Shadix told reporters, "I have lost my dream."[6]


On September 7, 2010, Shadix accidentally fell at his condominium in Birmingham, Alabama, and died of blunt trauma to his head. Shadix had mobility problems and was in a wheelchair.[7]




  1. ^ "Actor and Bessemer native Glenn Shadix, who died Tuesday, appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows, from "Beetle Juice" to "Seinfeld" |". Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ Gary Childress. "Bio Tales Photo Gallery (Getting there was more than half the fun..)". Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Claire M. (July 7, 2010) "Glenn Shadix". Encyclopedia of Alabama – accessed September 7, 2010
  4. ^ Gary Childress. "When Dressing As A Woman, Always Wear Sensible Shoes". Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  5. ^ Shadix, Glenn, "Southern Baptist Sissy", 
  6. ^ "Beetlejuice Actor's House Burns",, December 23, 2008
  7. ^ Bob Carlton. "Bessemer native and 'Beetlejuice' actor Glenn Shadix dies following a fall in his condo", Alabama Live September 7, 2010

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