Skip to comments.'Dark Shadows' Jonathan Frid dies on Friday the 13th at age 87
Posted on 04/19/2012 12:54:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Jonathan Frid, the man known to fans around the world as Barnabas Collins, the suave vampire from the cult hit soap opera "Dark Shadows" has died at age 87.
The Hamilton Spectator, of Hamilton, Ontario, reports the Canadian actor died in his hometown of Hamilton at the Juravinski Hospital on Friday, April 13.
Frid's final screen role was a cameo in "Dark Shadows," the soap opera's upcoming big-screen revamp directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas.
Kathryn Leigh Scott, who co-starred with Frid on the original "Dark Shadows" and recently reunited with him to film her own cameo in the film, paid loving tribute to the actor on her website.
"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," she wrote. "What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional."
Scott recalled the moment when Frid and Depp first met on the "Dark Shadows" set: "I won't ever forget the moment when the two Barnabas Collinses met, one in his late 80s and the other in his mid-40s, each with their wolf's head canes. Jonathan took his time scrutinizing his successor's appearance. 'I see you've done the hair,' Jonathan said to Johnny Depp, 'but a few more spikes.' Depp, entirely in character, replied, 'Yes, we're doing things a bit differently.'"
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When i was a kid, the chaplain priest at my school had a glow in the dark Barnabas poster in his office and we talked about the show as we were all fans. When the priest said mass, he always said the name of Barnabas very loudly and significantly!
I bet your right :)
Now you know...
I would have LOVED to have been at that mass!
Man, they’re dropping like flies: Dick Clark, Charles Colson, Levon Helm, now Barnabas.
Does the sax Player for Men At Work count? Greg Ham was murdered. It’s his sax on Who Can It Be now..
That is hilarious! Your mom sounds like a hoot! I have begun watching the Dark Shadows series on Netflix (was a baby when it originally aired). Ironically, just this morning I watched the episode where Barnabas rises from the dead. And now I get the horrible news that he died. Such a sad day!
I saw the commercial last night. They've ruined what could have been a really good movie. Not that it had a chance with Depp looking like some light-in-the-loafers club kid.
I was in the first grade, and the teacher addressed the class and explained how bad the show was for children and warned us to stay away from it, LOL.
What I can complain about is that Sci-Fi (then) lost the rights to show them when there were fewer than a dozen episodes left to be shown! Incredible! And they could have prevented this because they preempted it for a couple of weeks just a month or so before that! I was annoyed.
RIP, although it seems silly to be saying this about a Vampire.
RIP Jonathan Frid
Bump to #62
It’s kinda weird but I’ve never seen a Johnny Depp movie that I liked.
Or a Tim Burton one.
I was a big fan — saw Frid in person 3 times, including when a fellow fan invited me onto the set of DS. I was thinking of it last week when I found Christmas cards and letters Frid sent me back in those days. It seems like yesterday that my mother took me to see Frid in Wait Until Dark at a Houston dinner theater when DS was still on — my mother was stunned to see Frid carrying what’s now known as a man-bag!
‘he was just stopping in for a bite...’
Hope you had your turtleneck on!
Well, hard to argue with her..but still it was definitely an undeniable temptation...as innocent as it was compared to what was to come later. It was a consummate soap, it just drew you in.
Yes, she was right, no doubt. Nowadays teachers would probably not only encourage kids to watch, but to look into occult rituals in the real world, to foster religious tolerance. Sheesh.
it is the formula.
take old serious tv trama and turn it into comedy.
they are doing the same with the six million dollar man.
-—I was 11 and it scared the bejesus out of me...my mom cut me off after a couple of nightmares!——
I was about 8, and wouldn’t even attempt it.
Somehow a handful of Dark Shadows cards found their way into my baseball card collection. I wish I had them now!
FYI, the series was cancelled because it wasn’t selling soap. Its demo was teenagers.
-—People wonder why Im messed up.....-—
Now THAT is funny. Sounds like your Mom had a great sense of humor.
I know others here are griping about it, but the new movie looked good to me. We usually watch Jonnie Depp stuff, even when it is absolute garbage like the Rum Diaries. Talk about a movie that didn’t need to be made.
Depp makes some misses but his outrageous characters are usually worth the price of admission. I’ll be seeing Dark Shadows and I’m looking forward to it.
She was a peach! She drank hard, prayed hard and died young.
I guess God wanted to laugh as hard as we did, so He called her home.
“Shadows of the Night”... (Quenten’s Song). Had it.
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