Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows
Barnabas is a fictional character in the series Dark Shadows. The show aired from 1966 to 1971 and is about 175-year vampire Barnabas, who is searching for blood and his lost love, Josette. Barnabas is initially played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid, who was brought into the show to attempt to raise the dying ratings.
The series was initially meant to run for thirteen weeks. However, the Canadian actor was kept due to his popularity and the quick spike in ratings; Jonathan went on to become the star of the show. Fans loved seeing a famous face and watching a good vampire story.