Dark Shadows Actor Jonathan Frid Dies at 87

Celebrity News Apr. 19, 2012 AT 6:48PM
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Actor Jonathan Frid died Friday, April 13, of natural causes in a hospital in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, the Associated Press reports. He was 87.

Best known for playing Barnabas Collins from 1966-1971 on ABC's vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, Frid served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He graduated from Hamilton's McMaster University, and he later earned a degree in directing at the Yale School of Drama. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

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Frid, who never married, is also known for his 1973 TV movie The Devil's Daughter. His other film and TV credits include Dial M For Murder, As The World Turns, Murder in the Cathedral and Oliver Stone's directorial debut, Seizure.

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After spending nearly 40 years based in New York City, Frid returned to Canada in 1994. He is survived by his nephew, Donald.

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The actor's death comes just weeks before the May 11 premiere of Tim Burton's movie version of Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp and Chloe Moretz.

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