From the WAPO:
Jonathan Frid, a Canadian actor best knowing for playing Barnabas Collins on the 1960s supernatural soap opera “Dark Shadows,” died last Friday of natural causes, WKTV News in Utica reports. He was 87.
A Yale graduate, Frid was a theater actor looking for a teaching job until he was hired to play a 200-year-old vampire on “Dark Shadows,” according to a biography on his Web site. At its peak, the show was watched by 20 million viewers, according to TV Guide.
“Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows.’
“When I had the honor to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as I had always imagined. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original.”
We are losing so many people who were the stars of my generation. The world changes. Frid was the first time that I think a vampire became popular on a regular television show, something that seems to be more prevalent, and less sophisticated, now.