Glenn Shadix: 1952-2010. Comic Gem Hoped for Role Opposite Rob Pattinson, He Said in Final Interview

September is shaping up to be a sad month on the comedy front.

Three days ago, we got word that funnyman Robert Schimmel had passed away at age 60.

"Whatever happens happens, but at least they saw my work," Glenn (above) told us of his audition for "Water for Elephants."

"Whatever happens happens, but at least they saw my work," Glenn (above) told us of his "Water for Elephants" audition.

Today it pains us to report that another friend of BlogTalkRadio, Glenn Shadix, is gone at 58.

The master character actor accidentally fell last night in his Birmingham, Ala., home and suffered a head injury.

Fans of Tim Burton‘s Beetle Juice will no doubt remember Glenn’s hilarious portrayal of pretentious interior designer Otho—opposite Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton and Geena Davis—in the classic 1988 mock-horror flick.

And though Glenn left Tinseltown in 2005, he hoped to return to the silver screen, namely in a role opposite superstar Rob Pattinson.

Interviewed in April of this year on BlogTalkRadio’s Flashback—which would be his last-ever known interview—he discussed his recent audition.

“I’ve been on a sabbatical and I’ve done a couple of films since I’ve been in Alabama—I’m doing one on Maui. I’m going again in the summer,” the actor, who also played Jerry Seinfeld‘s landlord on Seinfeld, told host Carey Fisher.

“And just two weeks ago, Fox, out of the blue, called and I did two screen tests for two different roles.

Rob Pattinson: The co-star that never was.

Rob Pattinson: Glenn's co-star who never was.

Water for Elephants—it’s the new film based based on the Sara Gruen novel, with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson from the Twilight series and Christoph Waltz, who just won Best Supporting Actor for Inglorious Bastards.

“I don’t know if I’m gonna get a role, but I’m real glad that they thought of me.

“I’ve been out of Hollywood for five years—and people think you’re dead!

“I was glad to let them know that I wasn’t, and I was pleased with the test.”

Click here to hear Glenn Shadix’s final interview, from April 7, 2010.

Click here to hear Glenn Shadix’s full Nov. 7, 2009 interview.

One thought on “Glenn Shadix: 1952-2010. Comic Gem Hoped for Role Opposite Rob Pattinson, He Said in Final Interview

  1. Jess Q.

    This is so sad. I loved Shadix in Beetlejuice. My boyfriend and I always say paraphrase a a few of his lines: “Blue-green! Hydrated-chromic oxide.” Not to mention everything else he did in that movie, and his voice work. He’ll be missed. A lot. :( RIP, Glenn.

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