Jonathan Frid, the actor who originated the character of Barnabas Collins and the concept of the reluctant vampire, has died. According to an article published by actress Kathryn Leigh Scott on her website, Mr. Frid passed away on April 13, 2012. He was 87 years old.
Mr. Frid lauched to stardom when he was cast in the television serial Dark Shadows (1966-1971) and became a household name in the late 1960s. He helped to revolutionize the concept of the vampire, making him a sympathetic creature rather than a horrifying one. Mr. Frid was known for his theater work and his live stage performances, which he continued to do in his later life. His most recent film work is in the forthcoming adaptation of Dark Shadows in which he makes a cameo appearance.
Mr. Frid may have departed this earth, but he will never be forgotten. Like Barnabas Collins, he will live through the centuries in the hearts and minds of many a monster kid. Safe travels to you, the one and only Barnabas Collins.