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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