The ghost is trapped in a long, black coffin. Gnarled hands grasp the end, pushing the lid up in an attempt to escape. Several jagged nails protrude from the coffin's lid.
As the guests arrive in the Conservatory through their Doombuggies, the Ghost Host warns them that "unfortunately, they [the happy haunts] all seem to have trouble getting through. Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact; she has a remarkable head for materializing the disembodied." The Coffin Occupant's inability to leave his mortal remains and wander free from the coffin demonstrates this, as he desperately calls the guests for help: "Lemme out of here ! Lemme out ! Lemme out ! Lemme out of here !". Following which, the guests move on to the Séance Room, where their presence and "sympathetic vibrations" allow the ghosts to finally materialize. By this point, the Coffin Occupant is presumably freed.
- At Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Part which is a seasonal Halloween event at Disneyland, two characters named Lady Carlotta and Lady Renata make appearances and tell stories to the guests. In one of their stories they claim that the man in the Coffin is their ex-lover Billy Bob who died when the two ladies plummeted off of a balcony to their deaths and landed on him.
- In the video game The Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride, he is said to be none other than Frank Banks, one of Constance Hatchaway's unfortunate husbands.
- In the Ghost Gallery, he was a wealthy plantation owner named Jamie Padgett who became engaged to Little Leota however was deluded into thinking he was a vampire by her secret lover Nicholas Crown, so that he willingly hid inside a coffin from the sunlight. One evening his bride then nailed the lid shut over the poor man, causing him to spend seven days trying to escape only to die of starvation.
- In the Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Book, the Aging Man portrait is located next to the Coffin, clearly implying that the corpse is that of the man pictured in the portrait.
- In the SLG comics, he was revealed in the story Blueprint for Murder to be Mr. Davis, one of the architects who built Gracey Manor in the first place.
- A variant cover by Jody Daily for the Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion comic line showed Brother Claude lifting his grave's stone, as if about to come out, in a scene extremely reminescent of the Coffin Occupant — with the hand and sleeve nearly identical to the Occupant's.
- The Coffin Occupant was voiced by Imagineer X. Atencio, who gave an elderly, sympathetic tone to his plea. In the Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion record, on the other hand, he sounds much creepier and more low-pitched, almost monstrous.
- The character inspired the Mausoleum Crypt scene from the 2003 film adoption wherein the protagonists are attacked by its undead residents. The key-bearing corpse lying in a coffin located at the center of the crypt is a nod to the Coffin Occupant.
- In Haunted Mansion Holiday, a Scary Teddy can be seen on top pf the coffin, trying to hammer the nails back into the coffin.