Jonathan Frid
Canadian actor, theatre director
Jonathan Frid
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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Which Orphan Black Clone is Joanna Going's Favorite? Part II
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Joanna Going is in DirecTV's KINGDOM, Season 2. Catch up on Season 1 now streaming on iTunes, Amazon and AT&T Uverse! Joanna Going's Twitter: @joannagoing1 Photo by Benjo Arwas. I just love Joanna Going. Plus, she's from Rhode Island, NY, so that makes her even more special. Joanna currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Stella, and devotes her rare free time doing yoga, advocating for Breast Cancer Awareness and walking her two rescue dogs, Australian Shepherd mix, Maisie, and a Maltipoo named Honey Bee. Be sure to check out Part I of my interview with Joanna Going because she shares some really cool stories! What is your family history? I am of Irish, Italian, and French Canadian descent. My mom's father came from a family of 11 children who came over from the island of Ischia, Italy and settled in Providence, RI. Her mother was part of the large community of French-speaking Canadians who settled in Woonsocket, RI. My great-great grandmother Cather ...
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Some Mind-Boggling Film Factoids!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Vampire Barnabas Collins was swatting at a fly in an episode of "Dark Shadows." Jack Palance's face was resculpted after being battered in the ring! Wires moving the creature are visible in "The Brain From Planet Arous." -The Gothic horror soap opera, "Dark Shadows"(1966-71), was filmed "live on tape" with no retakes allowed despite the fact that the episodes were not aired for 7 to 10 days after taping. Hence, flubbed lines, camera boom shadows, and other mistakes were never re-shot or edited out. Two such glaring errors involved star Jonathan Frid who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins: on one occasion, he was seen on screen dressed in civilian clothes carrying his costume as the credits were rolling! On another occasion, he was filmed swatting at a fly as he endeavored to deliver his lines! Ruehl Fact: In early 1967, Frid was all packed and ready to move from New York City to California to become a drama professor when his agent called and persuaded him to accept the role of Ba ...
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‘AVENGERS’ SETS 2ND WEEKEND RECORD $104M – Still #1 Phenom Nearing $1B Global; Anemic ‘Dark Shadows’ Creeping To $28.5M
Deadline Hollywood - almost 5 years
SATURDAY PM, 7TH UPDATE: My sources say North American grosses are coming in exactly as expected. Marvel’s The Avengers from Disney is looking to break $100M in its second weekend for the first time in movie history (beating Avatar‘s 75M). Saturday’s number is about $44.5M after Friday’s was $29.1M for an estimated weekend total of $104M. That’s down only 50% from its massive opening a week ago. The projected domestic cume now is $374M for its first 10 days of release. The international figure is $555.2M so far. Disney still thinks $1B is possible worldwide through Sunday for Avengers which is playing in almost every movie territory. Yowza! Meanwhile there was no dramatic turnaround for Warner Bros’ Dark Shadows even though it went up a decent 12% from Friday’s $9.7M to Saturday’s $10.8M. That should yield only a disappointing $28.5M total for the weekend. No day-and-date international numbers yet. Top Ten below. SATURDAY AM, 6TH UPDATE: How do you know your new movie is in troubl ...
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Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows': Pros And Cons
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
By now, you've probably heard about Tim Burton's new movie, "Dark Shadows." Based on the popular '70s soap opera, the adaptation stars Johnny Depp (of course) as Barnabas Collins, a vampire who seeks revenge on a jealous witch. Does "Shadows" breathe life into the director's recent crop of underwhelming films? Is the latest Depp-Burton collaboration in need of resuscitation? Will [INSERT THIRD CLICHED PUN ABOUT VAMPIRES]? Let's take a look in this week's Pro-Con. PRO: The set design and costumes One thing the movie nails: The 1970s aesthetic, with its lava lamps, music, clothes and cars. CON: The script Sure, the movie may be great to look at, but that doesn't matter when the script is in total shambles. "Dark Shadows" is filled with plot holes and unanswered questions. PRO: The soundtrack The film features a terrific selection of classic rock hits, from "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" by T.Rex to the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" to (appropriately) "Season Of The Wi ...
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REVIEW: Overly Retrolicious Dark Shadows Could Use a Lot More Gothic Elegance
Movie Line - almost 5 years
There are enough terrific, elegant old-style Tim Burton touches in Dark Shadows that, now and then, you might be fooled into thinking the once-mad genius had finally come back to his senses: A young girl gazes dreamily through the window of a train slipping through the New England countryside, the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” serving as an aural curtain for her reverie; a wispy ghost woman floats toward the waiting arms of a giant chandelier, her hair and tattered skirt winding around its crystals like jellyfish tendrils; a secret button reveals a passageway whose opening is framed by mechanical ocean waves and a cadre of cast-iron wolves raising their snouts to the moon in a hearty salute. Parts of Dark Shadows look lovely. So what happened to the story? Burton used to be a madman; now he’s just a franchise. The vibrant inventiveness of pictures like Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (his debut) and the doleful elegance of his Batman movies and Sleepy Hollow have given way, over the p ...
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'God Bless' satirizes what's wrong with America
Daily Herald Blogs - almost 5 years
Dann reviews three movies: Bobcat Goldthwait's blood-soaked satire "God Bless America," the enigmatic cult expose drama "Sound of My Voice," and Patrick Wang's cliche-free gay-dad-fighting-for-his-rights drama "In the Family." Plus, Dann recounts when he saw original "Dark Shadows" vampire Barnabas Collins, Jonathan Frid, in "Dial M For Murder" at the downstate Little Theater on the Square.
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Tim Burton shines new light on 'Dark Shadows'
KXLY - almost 5 years
It only made sense that iconic director Tim Burton reunited some of the most beloved members of his film family for his big screen interpretation of "Dark Shadows," because after all, the gothic thriller is about a family ... albeit a dysfunctional one. The thing that sets Burton's actors apart from the Collins clan, however, is that his frequent collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer (Burton's Catwoman in "Batman Returns"), have an undeniable sense of harmony on screen. Without question, the most enduring working relationship in Burton's bunch is with Depp, who first starred for the director in "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990 and has since collaborated with him on seven more films. In a recent interview, Burton told me one of the reasons he worked with Depp for the eighth time on "Dark Shadows" stemmed from the passion they shared for the original daytime drama, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971 and starred Jonathan Frid as the cursed vam ...
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Johnny Depp Gets Into Character For ‘Entertainment Weekly’: ‘Tim Burton Is Like My Brother’
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
Ooooh, we love this issue! This is by far our favorite cover we have seen in a long time. Johnny Depp got into character as he portrays the role of Barnabas Collins for the movie, Dark Shadows. The-48 year old gave a reasonable and interesting interview and talks about Tim Burton being like a brother to him – no surprise, seeing that the two are always working on movies together. On director Tim Burton: “I feel as though he’s my brother. It’s a weird understanding, this kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.” (The two previously worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) On meeting Jonathan Frid, the actor who originated the role of Barnabas: “When I finally met him on the set, he was incredibly sweet about my taking on this character that he essentially created. He was quite fragile toward the end but ha ...
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Johnny Depp: Tim Burton Is Like My Brother
Just Jared - almost 5 years
Johnny Depp gets into character as vampire Barnabas Collins on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue. Here’s what 48-year-old Dark Shadows star had to share: On director Tim Burton: “I feel as though he’s my brother. It’s a weird understanding, this kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.” (The two previously worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) On meeting Jonathan Frid, the actor who originated the role of Barnabas: “When I finally met him on the set, he was incredibly sweet about my taking on this character that he essentially created. He was quite fragile toward the end but had his faculties about him. He was blown away by the sets. And putting his eyeballs on me for the first time, all decked out as a slightly different version of him … it had to be pretty weird for him.” On ...
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2012 Summer Movie Preview
Mount Vernon Patch - almost 5 years
Every year about this time, it's the calm before the theatrical storm. Things are winding up in Hollywood, as the studios prepare for their marketing onslaught. Should we, the movie-viewing public, be getting excited? What can we expect this summer? What spectacles are headed our way? You can take stock of all the blockbusters they have pinned their hopes and bank accounts on below. So many movies and A-list actors…you might spend half your summertime in the dark! What are you looking forward to?  "Marvel's The Avengers:" (Releasing May 4) Director: Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Don Cheatle Written and directed by cult sensation Joss Whedon, "The Avengers" is already being hailed as an awesome slice of superhero sandwich bread. It has a little of what most movie-lovers want: action, suspense, good actors, a hot starlet, all directed by the god of the Whedonverse, wh ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Actor Jonathan Frid: Truly a Vampire's Vampire!
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Vengeful! Ruthless! Cruel! Romantic! Compassionate! Regretful! These are among the adjectives that describe the vast spectrum of emotions that actor Jonathan Frid most capably incorporated into his rendition of vampire Baranbas Collins on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. For me, every episode of that series was a special treat when he was included in the cast! Hearing his voice and seeing him on screen made that day memorable. Sadly, Frid just passed away at age 87, only a few weeks before the new cinematic version of Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp will be hitting the theaters, including a cameo appearance by him as a party guest (along with 3 other co-stars from the series, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, and David Selby). Of course, I would have wanted him to have a more substantial role, but I am grateful that he was at least invited for a walk-on. Without a doubt, Frid was responsible for the program's success. It was floundering in the ratings when ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Frid
  • 2012
    Age 87
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howitt added that while Friday the 13th "makes for good press... it’s good to get it right.”
  • 2011
    Age 86
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Frid died at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, of pneumonia and complications after a fall.
  • 2010
    Age 85
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 82
    Frid attended Dark Shadows conventions in New York in August 2007, Burbank, California, in July 2008, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, in August 2009.
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  • 2000
    Age 75
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 69
    In 1994, he retired and returned to Canada.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to perform one-man shows for charities in both Canada and the United States.
  • 1986
    Age 61
    He succeeded Abe Vigoda as Jonathan Brewster in the 1986-87 Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.
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  • 1978
    Age 53
    In 1978, he returned to Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Frid began performing readings at Dark Shadows fan conventions in the 1980s, and while developing ideas for his one-man shows.
  • 1971
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As Frid explained on his Web site, he had barely entered his apartment as the phone call from his agent came informing him that he had won the role of Barnabas Collins. He agreed to accept it after being told it was a short-term one that would provide him with extra cash while he prepared to move. As the character's popularity soared, Frid scrapped those plans.
  • 1966
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He starred as Barnabas Collins in the 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows.
  • 1962
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Early television roles on the Canadian Broadcasting Company included parts in Julius Caesar, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Our Town, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • 1956
    Age 31
    As a student at Yale in 1956, he starred in the premiere of William Snyder's play A True And Special Friend.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to star in the first productions at the Williamstown Theater in Williamstown, Massachusetts and stage productions in Canada, England and the United States.
  • 1948
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1924
    Born on December 2, 1924.
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