Actors all dream of making it big in their chosen media, be it small screen or big screen. Dark Shadows sparked or elevated the careers of the actors on this cult series.
Success for Kate Jackson was explosive. Her appearance as Quentin’s love Daphne Harridge on Dark Shadows, introduced us to this young beauty. As Sabrina Duncan and one of Charlie’s Angels, Jackson became a household primetime name. With her Angel role, came the angel label of “the smart one”. Beauty and brains made her a hit with fans of the show.
Another great role for Jackson, came with the spy drama The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. She played Amanda King married to a spy codename Scarecrow. As of 2011 Jackson is preparing to publish her memoirs titled (wait for it) The Smart One. The book was originally scheduled be released on October 11, 2011 but has since been delayed to April 1st, 2014. Publishing delays or not, it’s certain this book will be well worth the read.
David Selby saw his career start with a feature-film debut in Up the Sandbox. It then heated up to include the role most fans identify him with, as Quentin Collins on Dark Shadows. After the series ended, he later returned to the soap opera genre, working with Jane Wyman, and taking a role on Falcon Crest as Richard Channing.
The big screen was just as kind to him, and his roles no less notable. In the movie Dying Young. He turns in a wonderful portrayal of a father who cares and worries for his dying son, but is overbearing in showing that love and care. Selby has given us several more characters in the movies, working with the likes of Sharon Stone, Richard Gere in the movie drama Intersection, and other well known actors.
These days you can find Selby enjoying his status as a playwright and writing poetry. He also continues to delight Dark Shadows fans (along with other former cast members) by being part of Dark Shadows Festivals and discussing their unique roles on this classic serial. For some of the actors, it is their bread and butter now as the years go by.
Yes, this memorable group has gone on to further leave their impact on us. We’ve seen loss among them as well. The year 2012 saw the death of beloved Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, who played vampire Barnabas Collins at age 87. His passing is still raw among fans and cast alike. Life after Collinwood can be liberating but, it’s good to see the surviving members, remembering and paying tribute to their Collins roots.