Scream to Screen: Digging Up The Gay Origins Of Dark Shadows

Christopher Bernau (Phillip Todd)

Like Prentice, Christoper Bernau played the role of Larry in the stage version of The Boys in the Band, and was also a late addition to Dark Shadows. While most of the cast played different roles over the years, Barneau only ever played antique-shop owner Phillip Todd. He appeared in 23 episodes before the character plunged to his death off the series’ iconic Widow’s Hill. Bernau later gained further fame on Guiding Light, which he left when he became too ill from AIDS to show up to work. He died of a heart attack brought on by complications from the disease in 1989.