Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid

Highest Rated: 43% House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Lowest Rated: 43% House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Birthday: Dec 2, 1924

Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

A classically trained actor and graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Jonathan Frid built an acclaimed theatrical career in Canada, England and the United States. Despite his impressive and varied stage roles, he became most famous for playing the conflicted vampire Barnabas Collins on the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" (ABC, 1966-1971). Although he only intended to play the role briefly, Frid's iconic turn as the deadly but desperately unhappy Collins took the world by storm and helped make the series a beloved cult favorite. Yielding a big-screen hit, "House of Dark Shadows" (1970), the series proved so popular that several remakes were later attempted even years later - most notably the Tim Burton big-screen love letter "Dark Shadows" (2012) that cast Johnny Depp as Collins and featured Frid in a cameo. After "Shadows," Frid returned to the quieter life of a stage actor, eventually retiring back to his native Canada, where he died of natural causes on April 13, 2012. Although he built an amazing theatrical career as a working actor, Jonathan Frid was most beloved for his highly influential turn as a vampire struggling with his soul, and the impact of his compelling portrayal remained evident decades later, changing the genre forever.

Highest rated movies

House of Dark Shadows




No Score Yet 3% Seizure Edmund Blackstone (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 29% The Devil's Daughter Mr. Howard (Character) - 1973
43% 70% House of Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins (Character) - 1970


No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970 1974
No Score Yet 100% Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins (Character) 1966-1971