We are sad to see that Jonathan Frid, who played the original vampire Barnabas Collins in the 60’s TV show Dark Shadows, has died at the age of 87. Jonathan died of natural causes in his hometown of Hamilton in Canada, just on the eve of the release of Tim Burton’s film version, which is due to hit cinemas on May 11th.
Jonathan has a cameo role in the upcoming film appearing alongside Johnny Depp, who plays Barnabas. In an interview Johnny expressed admiration for the job Jonathan did as the original character, calling it “so special”.
Dark Shadows ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971, but Jonathan did not join the show as the villainous vampire until its second year. During the time Jonathan played the character, Barnabas developed into more than a just villain showing a more sympathy and romantic side with complex emotions.
It is a shame that Jonathan will not get to see if Johnny’s portrayal of the role lives up to his own.
R.I.P. Jonathan Frid 1924 - 2012