Friday, April 20, 2012

Jonathan Frid, original 'Dark Shadows' star, dies at 87

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UPDATED: Johnny Depp comments below …
Just a few weeks before his most famous character was to be reborn, the original Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows has died.
Jonathan Frid, the Canadian actor who brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera, passed away from natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, according to MPI Home Video, which releases the Dark Shadows DVDs.
Dark Shadows inspired a generation of boys — Tim Burton and Johnny Depp among them — to become obsessed with a show originally aimed at their mothers. On May 11, Burton and Depp will debut their passion project: a big-screen version of the tale, with Depp taking on the role Frid originated.


  1. Never liked Dark Shadows, but if Frid gave me Burton and Depp, I'm eternally grateful.