THE ICONIC STAR IS REMEMBERED FOR PLAYING BARNABAS COLLINS
Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins on 1966-71 daytime soap opera Dark Shadows has passed away. He was 87 and died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario on Friday, April 13.
Born on December 2, 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Frid attended London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and earned a Master’s Degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. He honed his craft on and off Broadway in productions like Much Ado About Nothing, Murder in the Cathedral and Wait Until Dark and spent 30 years in live theater, but it was his portrayal of the complex and conflicted vampire on Dark Shadows that earned him a place in iconic TV culture.
“I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man that he was,” said his Dark Shadows co-star Kathryn Leigh Scott. “What fun we had working together! 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.”
Frid, Scott, and fellow Dark Shadows co-stars Lara Parker and David Selby have cameos in Johnny Depp’s upcoming comical remake, which arrives in theaters on May 4.