ABC carried ‘Dark Shadows’ on the network’s daytime line-up from 1966 until 1971, but the gothic soap opera has a vast cult following to this day. Sadly many cast members have died and we offer this In Memoriam to those that made ‘DS’ such delightful guilty pleasure.
Perhaps better known to a younger generation of soap opera watchers as Langley Wallingford, the con artist husband turned good guy of Phoebe Tyler [Ruth Warrick], Louis was part of the cast of ‘Dark Shadows’ for 322 episodes.
After the cancellation of ‘DS’ Louis Edmonds had a guest star role in the 1972 television movie Your Money or Your Wife and also on the short-lived television show The Exterminator. He starred on All My Children from 1979 until 1995.
In the 1970s it was revealed, with Louis’s cooperation, that the actor was gay. He bravely shared details of his life as a gay man. Louis Edmonds died at the age of 77 from respiratory failure on March 3, 2001.
Grayson Hall [Dr. Julia Hoffman]
Grayson’s character Dr. Julia Hoffman was the loyal confidant of the vampire Barnabas Collins. Grayson’s roles on ‘Dark Shadows’ also included Countess Natalie Dupres, Magda Rakosi, Julia Collins and Constance Collins.
After ‘DS’ was cancelled Grayson Hall appeared in the feature film House of Dark Shadows as Dr. Julia Hoffman and as Carlotta Drake in the sequel Night of Dark Shadows. The actress also enjoyed a successful career guest starring on the television series Kojak and the made for television movie Gargoyles.
Grayson’s last on-screen role was as Euphemia Ralston on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from July 1982 until April 1983. Joan Grayson died at the age of 62 in 1985 after six month battle with lung cancer.