Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jonathan Frid (1924-2012) & Greg Ham (1953-2012)

While the passing yesterday of Dick Clark got all the headlines, there were a couple of other celebrity passings that slipped under the radar.

Jonathan Frid is best remembered as Barnabas Collins in the ABC soap, Dark Shadows, which aired from 1966-71, spawning two movies in the process. The new feature film version, starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas, will likely be dedicated to the memory of Frid, whose last film role will be a cameo in the movie.

Krstrahm uploaded this classic scene from a 1966 episode of Dark Shadows:

Frid passed away, perhaps fittingly, given his iconic role, on Friday the 13th. Frid took the opportunity in taking speaking engagements to read the works of William Shakespeare, among others, perhaps to prove he could avoid typecasting. I regret that I never saw Shadows back in the day. I was either napping, playing, or, toward the end of the series' run, doing homework.

And, then, there is Greg Ham, multi-instrumentalist for the Australian group, Men at Work, which had a huge run of success in the early 80's. Ham passed away at 58. He provided the flute solo on the band's biggest hit, "Down Under", and was front & center playing the dual title roles in the video for "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive"........

We will miss both of these talented gentlemen. Rest in peace.


Samuel Wilson said...

Keep up, man! You should have had your Levon Helm ready beforehand!

hobbyfan said...

And, as you can see, Sammy, it's up there. I posted that before I left work, less than an hour after this dual obit was done.