Robert Rodan of ‘Dark Shadows’ Dies @ 83

Robert Rodan, whose brooding performance as the monster Adam on Dark Shadows (1968) teased and pleased fans of the trippy alterna-soap, reportedly died March 25, 2021, of heart failure.

Anything but a monster! (Image via ABC)

He was 83.

Born Robert Trimas in Newark, New Jersey, on January 30, 1938, the 6'4" actor actually had very few acting gigs, including some uncredited TV and movie roles, before appearing on around 80 episodes of Dark Shadows.

In spite of his character's popularity, Rodan did not return to the series in another role (as was common with the show), though he did led his voice to the audio-only soap Dark Shadows: The House of Despair (2006) as well as appearing in or on several Dark Shadows tributes, including a lengthy interview he submitted to for The Literary License Podcast in 2020.

His only other credited acting gig was as the star of the flesh-soaked movie The Minx (1969) with Jan Sterling (1921-2004).

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