Just a few short weeks before the big-screen remake of the famed Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows was set to hit theaters, the original show's star, Jonathan Frid has passed away at the age of 87 due to natural causes.
Originating the role of the "sometimes good, sometimes evil" vampire, Barnabas Collins, Frid played the role on the show from 1967-1971 in what was originally supposed to be a short stint for the character. His popularity, however, would soon skyrocket, making Barnabas into not only the show's signature character, but one of popular culture's most famous non-sparkly vampires.
Frid, a proper Shakespearean stage actor, would become a fanged, blood-sucking idol to a generation of children who raced home from school to watch Barnabas' latest exploits, including the new film's star, Johnny Depp, who has gone on record to express his own childhood admiration for Frid's performance.
Dark Shadows, which may now have a lot more pressure riding on it, will hit theaters on May 11. (Only one week after The Avengers...ouch.)
RIP: Jonathan Frid.