Celebrity Birthday of the Day – December 2

The late, great Jonathan Frid hailed from The Back Row’s home province of Ontario, Canada! After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, Frid was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and began training to become a professional actor. He also studied at the Yale School of Drama and performed in numerous plays before moving into television acting with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in several made-for-TV movies including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Picture of Dorian Gray. In 1966, Frid landed the role for which he is best known: that of Barnabas Collins on the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which ran from 1966 until 1971. He also starred in the spinoff movie House of Dark Shadows and had a cameo in the recent Tim Burton film. Frid also appeared in the films Seizure and The Devil’s Daughter. On Friday, April 13, 2012, Frid died of pneumonia and complications after a fall, passing away shortly after having completed his work on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. He was 87.

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