Jonathan Frid played Barnabas Collins on ABC's Dark Shadows which aired Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM between 1966 to 1973. It was a soap opera like General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, but scary. It was very popular with my age group at the time, elementary and middle school. In fact everyone after school watched it religiously! Around 1968 ABC decided to move it to 3:00 PM which meant its audience would miss it since they would be en route home from school. There was almost a national riot, so ABC put it back to 4:00 PM.
It was filmed live, meaning that any all mistakes would be shown to the public no matter what, since there were no re-takes. That made the show even more fun to watch.
Jonathan Frid in his heyday as Barnabas Collins was in a parade in Augusta, Georgia around 1969 (which I went to) and he drew some of the largest parade crowds known to Augusta at that time.
He died yesterday (RIP). I wonder if he is Catholic and the priest will use the black vestments? Of course if he is really a vampire, maybe he'll return and if this is a publicity stunt to prepare for the new movie "Dark Shadow" starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas and in which Frid has a cameo and it comes out in a couple of weeks, well what a hoot! And below these pictures are the live bloopers of Dark Shadows as I saw them when the show first ran! Lots of fun!
And the woman who played Vickie Winters was the actual paramour of Klaus Von Bulow who tried to kill his wife in real life, but put her into a lifelong coma instead. "Vicky" testified at his trial!