‘Dark Shadows’ actor Jonathan Frid has died
ASSOCIATED PRESS April 19, 2012 3:54PM
Updated: April 20, 2012 6:06AM
TORONTO — Jonathan Frid, a Canadian actor best known for playing Barnabas Collins in the 1960s original vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows,” has died. He was 87.
Frid died of natural causes in a hospital in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, this past Friday the 13th, said Jim Pierson, a spokesman for Dan Curtis Productions, the creator of “Dark Shadows.”
Frid starred in the 1960s gothic-flavored soap opera. It was about odd, supernatural goings-on at a family estate in Maine. Frid’s character was added in 1967.
Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins in a Tim Burton-directed version of “Dark Shadows” due out in May. Frid has a cameo role in the new movie.
Frid is survived by a nephew, Donald Frid.