Gary Collins (actor)
Collins in 1972
|Born||Gary Ennis Collins
April 30, 1938
Venice, California, U.S.
|Died||October 13, 2012
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
|Alma mater||Santa Monica City College|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ann Mobley (1967-2012)
Susan Lachman (1964-1967) (divorced)
Outstanding Host Or Hostess In A Talk Or Service Series
Gary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor and award-winning talk show host.
Early life and education
Collins was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice, California. He was raised there by a single mother who was a waitress and factory worker. Gary attended Venice High School and graduated with the Class of 1955. After attending Santa Monica City College, he went into the Army.
Collins enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe, where he was a radio and television performer for the Armed Forces Network. After his return, he performed at the Barter Theatre, a year-round repertory theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, whose director Robert Porterfield provided chances for many aspiring actors.
Collins made a career in television, co-starring, with Jack Warden and Mark Slade, in the 1965 series The Wackiest Ship in the Army. He co-starred, with Dale Robertson and Robert Random, in the 1966-68 series The Iron Horse. He starred in the 1972 television series Sixth Sense, in syndication part of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, as the parapsychologist and ESP-gifted Dr. Michael Rhodes. In 1974, he starred in the series Born Free, based on the life of George Adamson, a Kenya wildlife conservationist best known for his work with lions. He starred in the hit 1966 feature film of the same name.
Collins has guest-starred on dozens of television shows since the 1960s, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Friends, JAG, and most recently Dirty Sexy Money.
He has also had film roles, including in the 1969 film Angel in My Pocket (1969), directed by Andy Griffith ; and in Airport (1970). He played the heroic co-pilot in The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977).
Collins hosted the Group W television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980-88, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989-94. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982-90.
Collins was first married to Susan Peterson, with whom he had two children: Guy William and Melissa Collins. They divorced.
In 1967, Collins married Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America (1959). They were separated in 2011, but reconciled; he moved to her home state of Mississippi to be with her in 2012, while she battled breast cancer. They had one child: a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins.
Collins struggled with alcoholism. In January 2008, Collins served four days in jail in Glendale, California, for his second DUI conviction. A year later, he was arrested January 31, 2009, in Santa Barbara County, California and pleaded no contest to driving a motor home drunk. He was sentenced to 120 days "home detention," according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's spokesperson. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.29, more than three times the legal limit.
In November 2010 Collins was charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident in Jackson, Mississippi. He was fined $500. On January 5, 2011, Collins was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, a felony, in Harrison County, Mississippi, for allegedly failing to pay his bill at Jazzeppi's Restaurant, according to a statement released by the Biloxi Police Department. Collins said the restaurant was taking too long to deliver his dinner, so he left and refused to pay the bill. He paid a $500 fine two weeks later and did not appear in court.
- Associated Press, Gary Collins: Actor, TV host dies at 74 in Miss., The Washington Times, October 13, 2012
- Gary Collins profile at FilmReference.com
- "TV Actor and Host Gary Collins Dies at 74". ShavarRoss.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Ken Lee (February 1, 2009). "Gary Collins Arrested for DUI Again". People.
- "Gary Collins Arrested". The Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2011.
- Harris, Donna (October 13, 2012). "Actor Gary Collins dies in Biloxi". The Sun Herald. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
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