BREAKING: Jonathan Frid of ‘Dark Shadows,’ Dead at 87

It seems fitting that the actor that played one of our favorite characters, Barnabas Collins, died last Friday, which was the 13th. The 87-year-old actor reportedly died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.

Created by Dan Curtis, the gothic soap opera originally aired on ABC between June 1966 and April 2, 1971. It has since been re-aired multiple times worldwide. Frid also played the role of Barnabas in the “House of Dark Shadows” movie and is also supposedly set to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming Tim Burton / Johnny Depp Dark Shadows remake.

Frid spent 30 years in live theater though occasionally working in television. Following “Dark Shadows,” Frid appeared in the TV movie “The Devil’s Daughter” and Oliver Stone’s 1974 directorial debut, “Seizure.” In the years that followed, he concentrated on stage work throughout the United States and Canada.

Jonathan Frid we will miss you.

The Barnabas Collins Martini

original recipe retrieved from “Trailer Shots” webshow

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1oz Chambord
  • 1oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1oz cranberry juice

Glass: Cocktai

Garnish: none

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass


or if you want to go for a literal Collins…

The Barnabas Collins

Original recipe by Dan Shaurette, retrieved from

  • 5 oz Blavod vodka
  • 3 oz sweet and sour ¬†(please use your own homemade recipe)
  • soda water to taste
Glass: Collins
Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

Mix the Blavod and sweet and sour mix in a Collins glass with ice, top with soda water, garnish with cherry and serve.

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