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Jonathan Frid, best known for "Dark Shadows," dies at age 87

By WKTV News

Hamilton, Ontario - The cult actor Jonathan Frid, who had a generation of fans from his portrayal of vampire Barnabas Collins in the 1960s supernatural soap opera, Dark Shadows, has died.

Frid passed away on April 13 at the of 87 from natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.

Best known for his role as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows in the 1960s, Frid fittingly makes his final onscreen appearance in a cameo in Tim Burton's upcoming big screen remake of Dark Shadows. In the soon to be released film, Johnny Depp takes over the role of Barnabas Collins.

Other notable credits include roles in The Devil's Daughter and 1974 horror film Seizure.

Frid's former Dark Shadows co-star Kathryn Leigh Scott paid tribute to the actor on her official website, writing, "I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain spoken man that he was. What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional, and in the end became the whole reason why kids ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows."

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