The East Hampton Star is reporting that Robert Costello, one of the original producers of DARK SHADOWS, passed away on May 30 after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 93.
Though Costello worked behind the scenes on DARK SHADOWS, he inadvertently made a lasting impact on one of the show's most recognizable fashion choices: The "Napoleon" haircut of vampire Barnabas Collins.
|Jonathan Frid and Robert Costello on the set of DARK SHADOWS.|
It's weird to think that, decades later, Johnny Depp wound up wearing a variation of this hairstyle in the DARK SHADOWS feature film because of an off-hand creative decision made in 1967 ... weeks before the role of Barnabas Collins was even cast. You can see Costello discuss his years with DARK SHADOWS in a 1998 interview with the Archive of American Television in the above video.
Prior to DARK SHADOWS, Costello was a producer for THE PATTY DUKE SHOW. After working on more than 800 episodes of DARK SHADOWS, he went on to produce the daytime drama THE SECRET STORM, which featured a number of DARK SHADOWS cast members, as well as Canadian knock-off STRANGE PARADISE. He won a Peabody Award for the PBS series THE ADAMS CHRONICLES and two Daytime Emmy awards in 1976 and 1978 for his work on RYAN'S HOPE.