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 Frid served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1948, and the following year was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.He moved to the United States in 1954, and received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama in 1957.


1956 31 Years Old As a student at Yale in 1956, he starred in the premiere of William Snyder's play A True And Special Friend. … 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 1966-71. … Read More
1967 42 Years Old In 1967, Frid had made plans to move to the U.S. West Coast to pursue a career as an acting teacher when he won the role that ultimately made him a household name. … Read More
1971 46 Years Old After Dark Shadows ended in 1971, he returned to performing in live theatre full-time with starring roles in the Broadway plays Murder in the Cathedral as Thomas Becket and Wait Until Dark as Harry Roat. Frid had previously played the role of a psychiatrist on the CBS Television soap opera As the World Turns. 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.


1978 53 Years Old In 1978, he returned to Canada. … Read More


1986 61 Years Old He succeeded Abe Vigoda as Jonathan Brewster in the 1986-87 Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.
1994 69 Years Old In 1994, he retired and returned to Canada. … 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, he spent three days at Pinewood Studios in June 2011 filming a cameo appearance as a guest in the 'happening' scene for the 2012 Tim Burton Dark Shadows film, which became his final film appearance. … Read More
2012 87 Years Old While some sources at the time variously reported the date of his death as April 13 or April 14, 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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