Robert Rodan, a retired actor who had a memorable role as Frankenstein’s monstrous character, Adam in the classic TV series Dark shadows, is deceased. As per Deadline, news of Rodan’s death was announced on the Dark shadows Shadowgram newsletter, revealing that the actor died of heart failure on March 25. He was 83 years old.
“We are sad to share the news that #DarkShadows actor Robert Rodan died at the age of 83, “Dark Shadows News posted on Twitter.” Robert played the Frankenstein-esque Adam on the show in 1968. Robert died of heart failure in Oregon on March 25. His ashes will be scattered across Catalina Island. ‘
Born Robert Trimas in Newark, New Jersey, Rodan is best known for playing Adam Dark shadows late 1960s. With superhuman strength and childlike innocence, the character served as the series’ ‘monster of Frankenstein’, inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel. FrankensteinCreated with body parts from various corpses by Dr. Eric Lang in his lab, Adam was resurrected by the mad scientist and kept alive in the Old House basement, where he later collaborated with Alexandra Moltke as Eve – Adam’s Bride of Frankenstein-inspired companion.
Rodan’s TV debut came in the classic series Day in court in 1963. For his period Dark shadows, Rodan appeared in the 1964 films Goodbye Charlie and Searching for loveIn 1969 Rodan played Henry Baxter in the drama film The MinxDecades later, Rodan returned to the Dark Shadows franchise by appearing in a series of audio dramas in the early 2000s, although he did not reprise the role of Adam.
“RIP Robert Rodan. Loved Adam on Dark Shadows. I wish he stayed longer and come back to DS,” one fan tweeted after hearing of Rodan’s death, joining other fans in mourning for the memorable actor.
How sad to hear this. I wish DS had used it in one of their historical pieces. RIP, Robert Rodan, ”said another fan.
News of Rodan’s death follows two other actors from the Dark shadows universe who both passed away last month. On February 12, Christopher Pennock, who received a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-inspired character played at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. Geoffrey Scott, who played Sky Rumson on the TV series, died shortly afterwards on February 23 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Aired six seasons between 1966 and 1971, Dark shadows was a gothic soap opera that followed the life of the Collins family in a city inhabited by monsters and supernatural beings. Along with Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins, the show featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, warlocks, and even time travel and parallel universes. Tim Burton rebooted the series as a theatrical movie release in 2012 starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins.
Rodan’s survivors include daughters Mandi and Laura, son Jordan, and granddaughter Brianna. We offer our condolences to Rodan’s family and friends during this difficult time. May he rest in peace. This news comes from Deadline.