Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/20/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Jonathan Frid dies at 87, just weeks before big-screen adaptation of 'Dark Shadows' with Johnny Depp

The mythical blood-sucking vampire is supposed to be immortal. It still came as a bit of a shock to learn that TV vampire Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins on the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" has passed away at the age of 87. He died just days before his character was to be resurrected by actor Johnny Depp in the big-screen adaptation of "Dark Shadows" was to hit movie screens. He did make a cameo in the film as a party guest.

Buzz on the big-screen adaptation of 'Dark Shadows' has been mostly negative among fans of the original TV series. Director Burton and actor Depp have reportedly rendered the film as a campy, self-knowing ironic comedy - something the original would never resort to.

Buzz on the big-screen adaptation of "Dark Shadows" has been mostly negative among fans of the original TV series. Director Burton and actor Depp have reportedly rendered the film as a campy, self-knowing ironic comedy - something the original would never resort to.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/20/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows, TV Johnny Depp, movie adpatation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hailing from Canada, Frid brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 daytime soap. He passed away from natural causes in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario last week.

While the "Dark Shadows" was originally intended to draw the typical viewers of soap operas - stay-at-home moms, it inspired a wide variety of teenagers, children and young people, fascinated by the show's Gothic trappings. 

"It's a sad day," director Tim Burton said in a statement. "I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet Jonathan on the set this past spring. He left an indelible impression. Barnabas lives on!"

"His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more," Depp said in a statement. "When I had the honor to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as I had always imagined.  My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original."

"Dark Shadows" costar Kathryn Leigh Scott, posted a heartfelt appreciation of the late actor. "I'm so grateful to have worked with Jonathan, and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex, and plain-spoken man that he was," she wrote. "What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable, and thoroughly professional."

Frid served in the Canadian Navy during World War II, and enrolled in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1949. Frid would go on to receive a master's of fine arts degree in directing from the Yale School of Drama in 1957, though his career would focus mainly on acting. For many years before "Dark Shadows," he worked doing theater and small TV roles.

Frid would appear at "Dark Shadows" conventions celebrating what has become known as one of the weirdest shows on television.

Frid did occasional theater work after the soap opera was canceled, and he appeared in the 1973 TV movie "The Devil's Daughter" and starred in Oliver Stone's directorial debut, 1974's "Seizure."

Buzz on the big-screen adaptation of "Dark Shadows" has been mostly negative among fans of the original TV series. Director Burton and actor Depp have reportedly rendered the film as a campy, self-knowing ironic comedy - something they say that the original TV series, hasty makeup and onscreen flubs and all, would never resort to.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2014
Ecology and Justice:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.



Comments


More TV

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of 'The Late Show' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Longtime "Late Show" TV host David Letterman had announced that he would retire sometime in 2015. CBS wasted little time in announcing his replacement: Comedian Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to host the late night variety show. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'Wheel of Fortune' winner 'most amazing solve in my 30 [plus] years on the show' Pat Sajak declares Watch

Image of Vanna White, the studio audience and viewers at home were stunned.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

TV game show favorite "Wheel of Fortune" is very much like a showbiz version of "Hangman," where contestants must fill in phrases by correctly guessing letters. The letters. Contestant Emil De Leon correctly guess the phrase - "new baby buggy" with only TWO ... continue reading


Flight 370 story provides boon for cable TV news networks Watch

Image of Lack of new and relevant information about the missing Malaysian flight has drained much relevancy out of current TV reporting, some say.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The missing Malaysian jet flight, or Flight 370 continues to perplex and fascinate the world. However, without any recent developments and a lot of theories being proffered, some are arguing that there is no news to be found in this line of news, and ... continue reading


Cable television subscriptions take a major tumble Watch

Image of With all due respect, there may be another factor behind pay-TV's decline. Read the final paragraph.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

I recent statistics hold true, the era of the U.S. pay-television market is past its prime. The number of Americans who pay for TV through cable, satellite or fiber services fell by more than a quarter of a million in 2013. If this trend continues, 2012 may ... continue reading


'Comedian' Bill Maher blasphemes AGAIN: God in 'Noah' is a 'psychotic mass murderer' who 'drowns babies' Watch

Image of Bill Maher has been highly critical of religion and views it as highly destructive. However, he has been known to reject the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While he rejects the label of "atheist," "comedian" Bill Maher is upfront with his disdain for all forms of religion. He managed to offend Christian, Jewish and Muslims with his line about God as depicted in the new movie, "Noah."  He told his HBO "Real ... continue reading


Sarah Palin takes to the airwaves again with 'Rogue TV' Watch

Image of In regards to Sarah Palin's forthcoming TV show one source says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former vice presidential candidate, Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel called "Rogue TV." Palin is no stranger to the airwaves, as Palin and her family starred in the 2010 TLC reality ... continue reading


First Lady Michelle Obama to appear on TV sitcom 'Parks and Recreation' Watch

Image of It won't be the first time Ms. Obama and Poehler have met. Both appeared at Mrs. Obama's campaign last month when she appeared at a Let's Move event in Miami.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Full of grace, poise and charm, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on cult television comedy "Parks and Recreation." The White House has confirmed Mrs. Obama will guest star in the NBC show's season six finale. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


With ratings in free-fall, Piers Morgan to quit show Watch

Image of Piers Morgan will be quitting his show after falling in ratings.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

British journalist, Piers Morgan is ending his prime-time talk show on CNN. The date of the final broadcast has not been set. The decision came after Morgan and CNN president Jeffery Zucker failed to reach a decision on the future of the show. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Russell Johnson, who played professor on TV's 'Gilligan's Island' dies at 89 Watch

Image of As actor Russell Johnson would say frequently in later interviews, although the Professor on

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The TV series was an unmitigated flop - except with the TV-watching public, who eagerly watched the series in syndication. Seven extremely diverse people wash up on a desert island and have the expected personality clashes and pratfalls. Russell Johnson, who ... continue reading


Sexy Santa on TV's 'Glee' draws outrage from moms Watch

Image of A bisexual

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Santa Claus is supposed to determine who's been naughty or nice over the past year at Christmas time. For many mothers, the TV show "Glee" has been especially naughty. A recent episode featured a shirtless Santa Claus with a ripped physique - and mothers have ... continue reading


All TV News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 3:1-10
1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, call on his name, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 24:13-35
13 Now that very same day, two of them were on their ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 23rd, 2014 Image

St. George
April 23: Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter