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Actor Glenn Shadix Dead At 58, We Blame The MTV Video Games

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Glenn Shadix might be more famous for his role as Otho in Beetlejuice, but we'll always remember him as Father Ripper from Heathers, who blamed a teen's death on "the MTV video games."

More specifically, he blames the death of one of the 1989 dark comedy teens on "a society that tells its youth that the answers can be found in the MTV video games." That ill-informed, tongue-in-cheek statement stands as one our favorite video game movie references of all time, only made that much more hilarious now that MTV is actually making video games.


Skip to the three minute mark in the video below to see the famous scene.

Glenn Shadix caught his first big break with the role of Otho, the interior designer/paranormal expert in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. His relationship with Burton would lead to a role as the Mayor of Halloween Town in A Nightmare Before Christmas, a role he went on to reprise in several video games, including Disney's Kingdom Hearts. Shadix also voiced the Brain and Monsieur Mallah in the Teen Titans cartoon, along with voices in Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, and Jackie Chan Adventures.


Shadix was found dead in his Birmingham, Alabama, home on Tuesday morning by his sister. The actor had been suffering mobility problems and apparently fell and struck his head.

Actor Glenn Shadix dies at 58 [CNN]