Jonathan Frid

Biography: John Herbert Frid was born December 2, 1924, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. During World War II, he served in the Canadian Navy. In 1948 he graduated from McMaster University and in 1949 was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Over the next few years, he appeared in stage and radio productions--as well as some early Canadian Broadcast Corporation TV programs.

In 1954, John moved to the U.S. and enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. He earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing in 1957. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, he performed in regional theater and on television and Broadway. In 1962, he changed his stage name to Jonathan Frid, In the early '60s he appeared briefly on the soap opera "As the World Turns" as Dr. Field. In 1966, he took what was intended to be a 13-week role as Barnabas Collins on "Dark Shadows," but it lasted until 1971 and catapulted him to world-wide fame. He became a pop culture icon as spiky-haired, spiky-toothed
John Herbert Frid was born December 2, 1924, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. During World War II, he served in the Canadian Navy. In 1948 he graduated from McMaster University and in 1949 was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Over the next few years, he appeared in stage and radio productions--as well as some early Canadian Broadcast Corporation TV programs.

In 1954, John moved to the U.S. and enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. He earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing in 1957. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, he performed in regional theater and on television and Broadway.

In 1962, he changed his stage name to Jonathan Frid, In the early '60s he appeared briefly on the soap opera "As the World Turns" as Dr. Field.

In 1966, he took what was intended to be a 13-week role as Barnabas Collins on "Dark Shadows," but it lasted until 1971 and catapulted him to world-wide fame. He became a pop culture icon as spiky-haired, spiky-toothed reluctant vampire. His image was everywhere--magazine covers, bubble gum cards, wristwatches...you name it.

While on "DS," Jonathan appeared on several talk shows, including "The Tonight Show" and "The Mike Douglas Show."
In 1972, Jonathan co-starred with Shelley Winters in the TV movie "The Devil's Daughter."

He appeared in "Seizure," the surreal 1974 directorial debut of Oliver Stone, which also starred Hervé Villechaize ("Fantasy Island"'s diminutive Tattoo.)
In the 1980s Jonathan returned to Broadway in a popular production of "Arsenic and Old Lace." In the 1980s he created several "readers' theater" shows, reading aloud classic tales of horror, satire and humor.

In 1993, Jonathan made his directorial debut, working with Marie Wallace on the stage play "Lion in Winter"

In 1994, he semi-retired and returned to Canada. Several years later, he again began performing his readers' theatre in the U.S, and in June 2000, he appeared in the play "Mass Appeal" at the Stirling Festival Theatre in Stirling, Ontario.

For some time, Jonathan attended Dark Shadows Festivals, but he has not in recent years. Check out his official site, jonathanfrid.com, for more information and great photos.
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tbd Dark Shadows: Season 12 Jan 28, 1971 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 11 Sep 25, 1970 Barnabas Collins / Bramwell Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 10 Jul 20, 1970 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 9 Mar 30, 1970 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 8 Nov 14, 1969 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 7 Mar 3, 1969 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 6 Apr 1, 1968 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 5 Nov 20, 1967 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 4 Jul 17, 1967 Barnabas Collins / Barnabas Collins; Bramwell Collins (1967-1971) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 3 Mar 21, 1967 Barnabas Collins tbd