Jonathan Frid

Actor + Director
Born Dec 2, 1924

John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid was a 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.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Frid.


1924 Birth Born on December 2, 1924.


1948 23 Years Old He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1948, and the following year was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
1954 29 Years Old 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. … Read More


1962 37 Years Old 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. … Read More


1966 41 Years Old 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. … Read More
1973 48 Years Old 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 (aka Queen of Evil).


1978 53 Years Old He took time off from acting and returned to Canada, reviving his stage career in 1978. … Read More


2000 75 Years Old 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.
2007 82 Years Old Frid attended Dark Shadows conventions in New York in August 2007, Burbank, California, in July 2008, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, in August 2009.
2010 85 Years Old 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.
2011 86 Years Old 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. Frid died in April 2012 at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario of pneumonia and complications after a fall.
2012 87 Years Old While sources at the time variously reported the date of his death as April 13 or April 14, 2012, Frid's nephew, David Howitt, subsequently confirmed that Frid in fact died in the early hours of April 14, 2012. … Read More
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