If you remember the 1966 to 1971 daytime soap opera Dark Shadows, then you're no doubt aware of the name synonymous with it: Jonathan Frid, the late Canadian actor who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins and who is the subject of the new documentary, Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story. \u201cThere have been many vampire TV series and movies since Dark Shadows aired,\u201d points out Mary O\u2019Leary, the doc\u2019s producer and director, \u201cbut if you want to see the original, first sympathetic vampire in media, it\u2019s Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins. Go back and look at the original and you\u2019ll see that everything that has happened since, was because of him.\u201d Dark Shadows began as a Gothic mystery series involving the Collins family of fictional Collinsport, Maine. The show gradually moved in the direction of the supernatural, involving ghosts and an ancient Egyptian phoenix, but due to declining ratings, series creator Dan Curtis decided to go for broke. He added a vampire into the mix, with the idea being that in six months he would be staked and another creature would replace him. Curtis, though, wasn\u2019t counting on Frid or, more specifically, the impact he would have on the audience. Ratings began to surge, fan mail poured in and Barnabas Collins was spared the stake as Dark Shadows became an absolute phenomenon. Speak to any member of that original viewing generation, and you\u2019ll no doubt be told, \u201cI used to run home from school every day to watch it.\u201d RELATED: Here's What Happened to 'Dark Shadows' Actor Jonathan Frid, Who Played 'Barnabas Collins' Inside 'The Jonathan Frid Story' https:\/\/youtu.be\/F37j7jV8VXI Actor David Selby, who has had an extensive career on the stage and enjoyed prime time success with the soap Falcon\u2019s Crest, portrayed Quentin Collins on Dark Shadows \u2014 first as a ghost, then as a zombie, a human and a werewolf with ties to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. His popularity mirrored Frid\u2019s to a large degree, much to his surprise. \u201cTo tell you the truth,\u201d says Selby in an exclusive interview with Do You Remember, \u201cI was taken aback when I walked out of the studio on 53rd street in Manhattan and there were so many fans there. There was a parking lot next door to us and every once in a while they\u2019d come and get me and put me in the little booth there so I could talk to people and sign autographs. David Selby, Joan Bennett and Jonathan Frid (courtesy Mary O'Leary) \u201cAnother time,\u201d he adds, \u201cmy wife and I were walking into a Broadway play and all of a sudden there was applause. We look around and my wife looks at me and says, \u2018They\u2019re applauding you. Let\u2019s sit down, quick.\u2019 It was that kind of thing everywhere I went. In Washington, D.C., a policeman in full uniform passing by walks over to me and says, \u2018I want to tell you how much I enjoyed you on Dark Shadows.\u2019 I was just so thankful for that, I can\u2019t even begin to explain it to you. The love that I have received through the years \u2026 it\u2019s come to me from every direction and I\u2019m very grateful for it.\u201d Jonathan Frid on stage (courtesy Mary O'Leary) Of the documentary itself, O\u2019Leary reflects, \u201cI hope that people are moved by it. Of course, having spent two years shaping it, I\u2019m happy with the final product. I really wanted to touch on all of the aspects of Jonathan\u2019s life. I think Dark Shadows has been covered so completely through many existing interviews with Jonathan, both in print and on video, so I really wanted to delve into friendships he had going back to Yale, plays that he did in regional theatres across the country and so on. Although a lot of people I would have liked to have spoken to have passed, I was able to find a few that told tremendous stories about the Jonathan they knew. I feel that people will get insight into the man as opposed to just the character of Barnabas Collins.\u201d Jonathan Frid in full costume as Barnabas Collins (courtesy Mary O'Leary) Muses Selby, \u201cWhen I saw the documentary, I got a little emotional, to tell you the truth. There was always a fondness for him. Jonathan and I just got along from the get-go and it was a nice friendship. Back then, a couple of times I\u2019d walk across the park to his apartment and we\u2019d just talk. It was very special. I remember back when we first met, I began to realize all he had done. I had mentioned that I was going to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for a play, and, of course, he\u2019d already been there. He had done so much, like going to Yale. Not that I was intimidated, but I got quiet when I heard that, because I couldn\u2019t believe it. And his relationship with all the theater people in Canada \u2014 he was a theater person through and through, with such training.\u201d Jonathan Frid giving a live reading (courtesy Mary O'Leary) One of the most intriguing aspects of the trailer for the documentary shows something that people have heard about so often when it came to Frid, but had never had the opportunity to see: the actor in a stage production, which was aired on television in 1962 as part of the TV series Play of the Week. \u201cFor me,\u201d O\u2019Leary smiles, \u201cit was a dream to actually see Jonathan on stage doing Shakespeare in performance. Obviously, I heard him read many Shakespearean monologues over the years, but to see him perform in a fully staged production from 60 years ago was just incredible. What I think people will see is a man and actor who loved the stage, loved theater. That\u2019s where his heart was. His passion started at the age of 16 and continued his entire life. People interested in an actor\u2019s thought process or passion will get a sense of why an actor pursues this extremely difficult line of business as a career. I think they should be drawn to this documentary because you\u2019ll see the story of one actor and his life in the theater. I think it will be insightful.\u201d Jonathan Frid with Dark Shadows producer Robert Costello and creator Dan Curtis (courtesy Mary O'Leary) \u201cIt\u2019s truly lovely,\u201d closes Selby. \u201cAnd the man himself, Jonathan, comes through as how he really was.\u201d Dark Shadows and Beyond: The Jonathan Frid Story will debut on October 5th on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital. You can learn more on Twitter at @JonathanFridDoc and Facebook.