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Original 'Dark Shadows' Cast Member Jonathan Frid Dies

19 Apr, 2012 By: John Latchem

Jonathan Frid on 'Dark Shadows' (left) and recently

Actor Jonathan Frid, who played the iconic role of vampire Barnabas Collins on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows,” died April 13 at the age of 87.

“As a gifted actor in the role of Barnabas Collins, Jonathan was the heart and soul of 'Dark Shadows' and [recently] was graciously taking part in activities surrounding the series. He never tired of meeting fans and was always excited to hear about new 'Dark Shadows' releases,” said Malik Ali, CEO of MPI Media Group, which released the show on DVD. MPI recently released a limited edition of the complete series, with a wide release of the set slated for July 10.

Frid, along with fellow original cast members Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker, filmed a cameo for Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows movie, which hits theaters May 11 and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas.

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