Jonathan Frid, the man known to fans around the world as Barnabas Collins, the suave vampire from the cult hit soap opera "Dark Shadows," has died at age 87. Though it didn't come to light until Thursday, it was reported that he passed on Friday the 13th, no less. The actor and the role had a major influence on Johnny Depp, who is portraying Barnabas in the upcoming Tim Burton film of "Dark Shadows." "Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch 'Dark Shadows,' " Depp wrote in an e-mail to the Hero Complex blog. "His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honor to finally meet him ... [he] generously passed the torch of Barnabas."
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