Jonathan Frid’s career in drama began when he first “offered his soul” to the theatre as a young boy at a “prep” school in Ontario, Canada. Following his graduation from McMaster University, he attended London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later earned a Master`s Degree in directing from the Yale School of Drama. Frid was a leading actor in English and Canadian repertory and went on to work in many of the most celebrated regional theaters in the United States, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and the American Shakespeare Festival, under the direction of John Houseman, performing with Katharine Hepburn in Much Ado about Nothing. He has appeared in major roles on-and-off Broadway, in such productions as Roar Like a Dove, Murder in the Cathedral and Wait Until Dark. But it was his portrayal of a complex, conflicted vampire on ABC-TV`s daytime drama series Dark Shadows (co-starring with Joan Bennett) and in the subsequent film House of Dark Shadows (1970) that earned him a place as an icon of American popular culture.
In June of 2000, Frid returned to the traditional professional stage in the play Mass Appeal at the Stirling Festival Theatre in Stirling, Ontario.
Jonathan Frid passed away in a Hamilton, Ontario hospital in April of 2012, just a few weeks before a film version of his hit TV series, Dark Shadows was to be released. Starring Johnny Depp in the role Frid created, the film by Tim Burton also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Jonathan Frid makes a cameo appearance in the film.
Also see: Jonathan Frid’s Filmography.
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