By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 19, 2012 at 2:09PM
What timing. On the verge of the opening of the Tim Burton 'Dark Shadows' movie--which looks like an all-out campy take led by Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the actor who originated the role in the long-running afternoon soap opera, Jonathan Frid, has died. He was 87. He had been active in various promo activities for the new movie; his cameo (along with Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby and Lara Parker), will be his last film appearance.
I watched 'Dark Shadows' obsessively as a kid, running home from school every day to catch it at 4 PM. 'Dark Shadows' introduced me to vampires, along with the Hammer 'Dracula' series starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.