RIP Conrad Bain (February 4, 1923 – January 14, 2013), best known as Phillip Drummond in the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and as Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude. Here he is appearing in Dark Shadows as the town inkeeper, Mr. Wells.
"I did a number of soap operas over those years, I was always grateful that nobody offered me a contract, because I was afraid I’d keep doing it, and I didn’t think it was a great thing to be doing on a continuing basis. Dark Shadows was in a different category though. It was more interesting material than you usually get. There’s a certain style to the way soaps are done, and what’s expected of the actor. It’s not as challenging as we would like to think it is. It requires a kind of a behavior that is not truly an explanation of what character is about. It’s more about behavior than what an actor’s job is about, which is constructing a character. But at least Dark Shadows, with its craziness and bringing people back from the dead and all that…at least it was interesting."