Jonathan Frid was the distinguished Canadian actor who portrayed the tortured vampire until the gothic soap opera’s cancellation in 1971. There has been a movement by ‘Dark Shadows’ fans to have Frid inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in the years following his death on April 14, 2012.
Of Scottish, English, Danish and German descent, the actor, born December 2, 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario, Jonathan Frid served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He then attended McMaster University.
In 1949 Frid was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. As a student at Yale the up and coming actor stared in the premiere of William Snyder’s play ‘A True and Special Friend.’
Jonathan Frid’s professional career began in the theater as an understudy in the 1964 play ‘Roar Like a Dove.’ Moving on to television, Frid put his talent to work in the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s drama’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ ’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,’ as well as ‘Our Town’ and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’
The Canada Walk of Fame Honor is awarded annually to Canadians who have excelled in their respective fields.
To qualify for a nomination for the Canadian Walk of Fame the nominee must meet certain criteria. One must have been born in Canada and spent their formative or creative years in the country.
In addition, the nominee must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in their field with an established body of work and must have had an national or international impact on Canada’s heritage.
The Canadian Walk of Fame submission form indicates, “The nominee should represent the essence of the Canadian identity: Peace Loving, Diverse, Harmonious, Social Responsible, Creative, Confident, Innovative and Successful.”
As ‘Dark Shadows’ fans can see, Jonathan Frid fits all the requirements for induction into the Canadian Walk of Fame. You can visit the Canadian Walk of Fame website and submit your nomination form for the one and only Jonathan Frid who brought so much joy to ‘Dark Shadows’ viewers as the vampire Barnabas Collins.