Kathryn Leigh Scott
(Movies & TV)
Tim Burton
(Movies & TV)
Master of Fine Arts
Oliver Stone
(Movies & TV)
Alice Cooper
Michelle Pfeiffer
(Movies & TV)
Johnny Depp
(Movies & TV)

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Jonathan Frid

Knowledge Identifier: +Jonathan_Frid


Jonathan Frid

Canadian theater, television, and film actor, best known for having played the role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (60%), United Kingdom (13%), Canada (13%)

Main connections: Kathryn Leigh Scott, Tim Burton, Master of Fine Arts

Linked to: Yale School of Drama, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Los Angeles Times, Royal Canadian Navy




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Jonathan Frid was born in 1924 add something


He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1948, and the following year was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London add something


He moved to the United States in 1954, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama in 1957 add something


As a student at Yale in 1956, Frid starred in the premiere of William Snyder's play "A True And Special Friend" add something


He began using the stage name Jonathan Frid in 1962, and made his Broadway debut as an understudy in the 1964 play "Roar Like a Dove" add something


Frid is widely known for the role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the original gothic cult television serial "Dark Shadows", which ran from 1966 to 1971 add something


In 1973, Frid appeared in the TV movie "The Devil's Daughter" starring Shelley Winters, and the following year starred in Oliver Stone's directorial debut, "Seizure" add something


He took time off from acting and returned to Canada, reviving his stage career in 1978 add something


Frid began performing readings at "Dark Shadows" fan conventions in the 1980s, and while developing ideas for his one-man shows add something


Frid succeeded Abe Vigoda in the role of Jonathan Brewster in the 1986-1987 Broadway revival of "Arsenic and Old Lace" add something


In 1994, Frid retired and returned to Canada add something


In 2000, he starred in the play "Mass Appeal" which enjoyed a successful, limited run in Hamilton and at the Stirling Festival Theatre in Stirling, Ontario add something


Frid attended "Dark Shadows" conventions in New York in August 2007, Burbank, California, in July 2008, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, in August 2009 add something


In 2010, he returned to the role of Barnabas for the first time in 39 years in a "Dark Shadows" audio drama, "The Night Whispers" add something


Along with former "Dark Shadows" castmates Lara Parker, David Selby and Kathryn Leigh Scott, Frid spent three days at Pinewood Studios in June 2011 filming a cameo appearance for the 2012 Tim Burton "Dark Shadows" film, which became his final film appearance add something

Jonathan Frid died in 2012 add something


Frid died in April 2012 at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario of pneumonia and complications after a fall add something


Alice Cooper - Cooper starred as himself in the 2012 Tim Burton adaptation of "Dark Shadows" that starred Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter as well as the series original actors Jonathan Frid, Kathryn_Leigh_Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker in cameo roles