Jonathan Frid, best known for playing Barnabas Collins in the 1960s original vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows”, has died of natural causes in a hospital in his home town of Hamilton, Ontario.
Frid served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After graduating from Hamilton’s McMaster University, he got a degree in directing at the Yale School of Drama and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Frid starred in various theater productions with illustrious actors including Katharine Hepburn. But it was his turn in “Dark Shadows” and its first feature film adaptation, “House of Dark Shadows,” that made him a commercial success and kept him busy throughout his career with reunions, fan events and dramatic readings.
At the height of his career twenty million people watch him perform his perform his love lorn vampire Barnabas Collins on the the show at its peak in 1969. His character was added to the faling soap opera in in 1967, a last ditch effort to save the show whosfrom cancellation, which it did and Frid stayed on until the end of its run in 1971
Frid who was gay, never married and is survived by a nephew, Donald Frid.
At Frid’s request, there will be no funeral and there and no memorial dervice