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Barnabas Collins is a fictional character, one of the feature characters in the ABC soap opera serial Dark Shadows, which aired from 1966 to 1971. Originally played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins is a 175-year-old vampire who is in search of fresh blood and his lost love, Josette. The character of Barnabas Collins was introduced to the serial in a last-effort attempt to resurrect the flagging ratings. The role of Barnabas Collins was originally intended to be a brief one, to run but a mere 13 weeks, but the popularity of the character and the quick spike in ratings resulted in him continuing on and becoming virtually the star of the show.

In the 1991 NBC revival series of Dark Shadows, British actor Ben Cross played the role of Barnabas Collins and in the recent series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions he was portrayed by Andrew Collins. He will be played by Johnny Depp in the 2011 film by director Tim Burton.

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review by . August 19, 2010
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Barnabas Collins (originally played by Jonathan Frid) is one of the most tragic figures in the realm of modern fiction.  He was an aristocrat engaged to marry the beautiful Josette DuPres but made the mistake of giving his attention to her maid servant Angelique.  Angelique not only turned out to have a "fatal attraction" to Barnabas but she was a powerful witch.  When Barnabas later spurned her, she put a curse on him that caused him to become one of the living dead.   …
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