Original Dark Shadows Vampire Dies

Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins in the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, died (of all days) Friday, April 13. He was 87.

Although Frid had been in declining health for several months, he did film some cameo scenes for the new Tim Burton-directed film starring Johnny Depp.

Created by Dan Curtis, the gothic soap opera with Frid originally aired on ABC between June 1966 and April 2, 1971. Frid also played the role of Barnabas in the House of Dark Shadows movie.

[Thanks to Bjo Trimble and Andrew Porter for the story.]

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2 thoughts on “Original Dark Shadows Vampire Dies

  1. Frid was a Canadian actor (I think most thought he was British), and he died in a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.

  2. There must have been a law that popular actors of the 1960s had to come from Canada — Lorne Greene, Robert Goulet too.

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