‘Dark Shadows‘ Star Jonathan Frid Dies at 87 – Star of the original horror blockbuster Dark Shadows, Jonathan Frid died at the age of 87 on Friday. The Canadian superstar Jonathan Frid passed away in a hospital in his home town Ontario, according to reports. Frid’s death is attributed to natural causes and old age.
Jonathan Frid played the epic role of Barnabas Collins in the original soap opera of the 1960′s, Dark Shadows. The gothic soap opera was about supernatural events at a family estate in Maine. The show enjoyed a huge audience of over twenty million people, ranging from students to house wives.
Jim Pierson, creator of Dark Shadows and spokesman for Dan Curtis Productions, said that Jonathan Frid was a dear friend and his charisma caused the show to have a pop culture impact. He said that Frid‘s character was added to Dark Shadows in 1967 and it saved the show until its finale in 1971 – the time Jonathan Frid spent on the soap opera was its best. Pierson told the media that Frid was never into fame and fortune; he was a man who loved his job and just wanted to work as an actor. Frid loved drama and finding humanity in his characters.
Jim Pierson said that Jonathan Frid‘s multidimensional vampire character was the trend setter for all vampire related roles to come. He created a niche for vampires in the entertainment media and made it big with the super-hit film that followed.
Jonathan Frid’s death was badly timed as the film with his cameo, Tim Burton’s version of Dark Shadows, was due to be released only next month. The film stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins.
Actor Johnny Depp released a statement full of kind words in the remembrance of Jonathan Frid. He said that Frid was the reason he used to run from home to school to watch Dark Shadows. Johnny Depp said that when he first met him, Frid was exactly how he had imagined him – magical and elegant. He passed on the torch of Barnabas to Depp with great generosity and confidence. Johnny Depp sent his condolences to Frid‘ family and expressed grief and the great loss.