Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid

Jonathan Frid has died, aged 87.

Frid passed away on 13 April (12) from natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

The actor was best known for playing vampire Barnabus Collins in '60s supernatural TV soap opera Dark Shadows, which is the subject of an upcoming big screen remake directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp in the role made famous by Frid.

The actor makes a cameo appearance in the film and it was fittingly his final screen role.

Other notable credits include roles in The Devil's Daughter and 1974 horror film Seizure.

Frid's former Dark Shadows co-star Kathryn Leigh Scott paid tribute to the actor on her official website, writing, "I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining,complex and plain spoken man that he was.

"What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional, and in the end became the whole reason why kids ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows".