Jonathan Frid Passes Away at 87


A tragedy today for horror fans… Reports are breaking that Jonathan Frid, the amazingly gifted actor who played vampire Barnabas Collins on the cult-horror-soap Dark Shadows, has passed away. Mr. Frid was 87 years old, and had recently filmed a cameo in Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of Dark Shadows, along with original cast members David Selby, Laura Parker, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Jonathan Frid was an amazing actor whose career spanned television, film, and theatre. His role on Dark Shadows revived the then-struggling series into a cult powerhouse. Since his retirement, Frid had been an active participant in the annual Dark Shadows Festival. He will be missed.

Dark Shadows has recently been released by MPI Home Video, and Tim Burton’s feature film Dark Shadows hits theaters (and IMAX) on May 11, 2012.

Here’s Jonathan Frid, charming everyone on the Merv Griffin show in 1969.


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Nathan Erdel is a screenwriter. He wrote Headless and some other stuff. He likes beer, metal, pizza, and horror. He has three cats and one wife.

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