Jonathan Frid, a Canadian actor best knowing for playing Barnabas Collins on the 1960s supernatural soap opera “Dark Shadows,” died last Friday of natural causes, WKTV News in Utica reports. He was 87.
A Yale graduate, Frid was a theater actor looking for a teaching job until he was hired to play a 200-year-old vampire on “Dark Shadows,” according to a biography on his Web site. At its peak, the show was watched by 20 million viewers, according to TV Guide.
After “Dark Shadows” ended in 1971, Frid returned to stage acting and also appeared at “Dark Shadows” conventions. He also starred in the films “House of Dark Shadows,” “The Devil’s Daughter” and Oliver Stone’s ”Seizure,” according to his bio.
Indeed, Frid's final acting credit is a cameo in the film, which stars Johnny Depp as Collins.
Kathryn Leigh Scott, who co-starred with Frid on “Dark Shadows,” remembered him on her Web site as a “charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man.”
“He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional, and in the end became the whole reason why kids ran home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows’,” she wrote.