Glenn Shadix

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Glenn Shadix
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Born William Glenn Shadix
(1952-04-15)April 15, 1952
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
Died September 7, 2010(2010-09-07) (aged 58)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Cause of death Blunt trauma
Occupation Actor and voice actor
Years active 1981–2010[1]

William Glenn Shadix (April 15, 1952 – September 7, 2010) was an American actor and voice actor known for his role as Otho in Tim Burton's horror comedy film Beetlejuice and as 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 as interior decorator Otho, while appearing in the The Groundlings comedy troupe and performing in the stage play "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights," 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. Throughout the 1990s he had small roles on iconic television shows, including Cheers, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. [5]

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]

Shadix was openly gay throughout his life. According to an interview with the Truth Wins Out website, he came out to his parents at the age of 17. They then enrolled him in so-called "ex-gay therapy", which included "shock" (electro-convulsive therapy) treatments. When this failed to change his orientation, he attempted suicide by overdosing with Elavil. His parents rushed him to a hospital, where he survived a three-day coma. After the incident, his parents began to accept his sexuality.[6]

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."[7]


On September 7, 2010, according to Shadix's sister, Susan Gagne, he fell in the kitchen at his condominium in Birmingham, Alabama, and died of blunt trauma to his head. Shadix had mobility problems and was in a wheelchair.[8][9]




  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 May 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gary Childress. "Bio Tales Photo Gallery (Getting there was more than half the fun..)". Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Claire M. (July 7, 2010) "Glenn Shadix". Encyclopedia of Alabama – accessed September 7, 2010
  4. ^ {{cite web| |url=<ref | |accessdate=April 12, 2017}}
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  6. ^ Late Bessemer-born Beetlejuice actor Glenn Shadix said he had 'ex-gay' shock therapy. September 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Beetlejuice Actor's House Burns",, December 23, 2008
  8. ^ Carlton, Bob (7 September 2010). "Bessemer native and "Beetlejuice" actor Glenn Shadix dies following a fell in his condo". Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Glenn Shadix, Actor in ‘Beetlejuice,’ Dies at 58". The New York Times. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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