Jonathan Frid Became An Accidental Heart Throb
Jonathan Frid was cast as Barnabas Collins while he was in his 40s. The role of a lifetime turned him into a heartthrob and one of the most in-demand television actors of the 1960s.
Frid, who was admittedly uncomfortable in front of the camera, was forced into personal appearances. At one point the show was so popular he even judged a Miss America Vampire contest where the winner would receive a cameo appearance on the show.