09:58 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 04/19/2012 02:40PM
Before True Blood, TV's best-loved vampire was mortal actor Jonathan Frid, who played bloodsucking Barnabas Collins on ABC's afternoon drama Dark Shadows from 1966 to 1971.
In news made public Thursday, Frid died April 14 in Ontario, Canada, where he was born and lived. He was 87.
He died from complications of a fall, said one of his Dark Shadows castmates, Kathryn Leigh Scott, reports The New York Times.
Frid's passing comes just as a new Tim Burton movie version of Dark Shadows is set to open in theaters May 11.
Originally posted 09/14/2011 11:25AM
A face only a mother could love?
Looking like the love child of Willy Wonka and Sweeney Todd's Mrs. Lovett, as styled by Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp slinks into his latest role, as 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, shown here on the U.K. set of the film adaptation of the Gothic 1966-71 afternoon TV soap, Dark Shadows.
"There’s something about this vampire coming back after 200 years into this modern world, with a touch of the poetic, with maybe a tendency to maybe wax a little poetic now and again," Depp, 48, told MTV News earlier this year. "I have a good feeling about it. But Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas was so special."
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