Fast Facts

  • Served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
  • Spent his early career performing in regional theater, including the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT (where he appeared alongside Katharine Hepburn in Much Ado About Nothing).
  • Was an actor-in-residence for Penn State University in 1965.
  • Originally expected his role as vampire Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows to last for only a few weeks; however, both the character and the show became hits, spawning bubblegum cards, books, board games and a 1970 theatrical film.
  • At the height of his popularity, he received nearly 6,000 fan letters a week.
  • In 1993, directed a production of The Lion in Winter at the Georgia College Theater in Milledgeville, GA.
  • Continued to attend Dark Shadows conventions in the 2000s.


  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1948); attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England; Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (MFA in Directing, 1957)


  • Birth Name: John Herbert Frid
  • Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: April 14, 2012
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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