Friday, May 11, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Barnabas Collins
Portrayed by: Jonathan Frid
TV series: Dark Shadows (1967-71; Barnabas didn't appear in the 1966 episodes)
Occupation: Independently wealthy vampire, though he claimed to be a businessman.
Lifestyle: Slept in a coffin by day, sucked blood by night--when not pursuing Maggie Evans and, later, Victoria Winters. Lived in the Old House on the Collinwood estate in Collinsport, Maine. His reluctant manservant was Willie Loomis.
How He Became a Vampire: Unsure that his beloved Josette returned his affections, Barnabas had a one-night tryst with her maid Angelique. He later spurned Angelique, who used witchcraft to bring unhappiness to Barnabas and Josette. When he found out what Angelique did, Barnabas shot her--but not before she cursed him to an existence as one of the undead.
Family and Friends: He was born in 1760 to Joshua and Naomi Collins. Had a younger sister, Sarah, who died of pneumonia; her ghost later roamed Collinwood. Was close to his Uncle Jeremiah and Aunt Abigail. Had many cousins! In the contemporary storyline, he developed a close relationship with Dr. Julia Hoffman (though he didn't reciprocate her romantic feelings).
Trademarks: A cane with a silver wolf's head; a black onyx signet ring; fangs.
Useful Skills: The usual vampire things.
Classic quote: "I didn't say she was dead. I said I killed her."