Depp, who takes over Frid's role in Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows" movie revamp, has hailed the late actor as his childhood hero, reported Daily Star. "Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows.

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His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. "When I had the honour to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as I had always imagined.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original," Depp said. Frid filmed a cameo appearance in Burton's forthcoming adaptation, marking it his final on-screen role.