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Misha Collins
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Collins at the 2017 Comic Con in San Diego
Dmitri Tippens Krushnic

(1974-08-20) August 20, 1974 (age 46)
Alma mater
Years active1998–present
Victoria Vantoch
(m. 2001)

Dmitri "Misha" Collins[1] (born Dmitri Tippens Krushnic;[2] August 20, 1974) is an American actor and author best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the CW television series Supernatural (2008–2020).[3]

Early life

Misha Collins was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Richard Krushnic[citation needed] and Rebecca Tippens.[4] He was raised in an irreligious family.[5] Growing up, his family was poor and often homeless.[6][7] He has said that his surname, Krushnic, "goes back six generations in Canada, and we're not sure where they came from."[2] His stage name, Collins, is his great-grandmother's maiden name.[citation needed] He is of partial Jewish descent.[8]

Collins attended Greenfield Center School, Northfield Mount Hermon School and the University of Chicago, where he studied social theory.[9][10]



Before acting, he interned for four months at the White House during the Clinton Administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel.[3][11]


His film work includes an uncredited appearance in the 1999 movie Liberty Heights, as well as roles in Girl, Interrupted, Finding Home, Karla and Loot (on which he also served as Associate Producer).

As well as his work as the angel Castiel on the CW television series Supernatural, other television shows includes Legacy, Charmed, NYPD Blue, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER, Monk, and Timeless.


Collins is a published poet. His poems, including "Baby Pants" and "Old Bones", can be found in the 2008 edition of Columbia Poetry Review #21.

Collins has also co-written a cookbook with wife, Vicki Collins. It is reported that much of the book's sales will go to charitable organizations who specialize in food nutrition.[12]

Collins and Kathryn Leonard, together with several other collaborators, are authors of "The 2D Shape Structure Dataset", an academic research paper on a crowd-sourced database on the structure of shapes.[13]

Charity work

Collins is the co-founder and board president of Random Acts,[14] a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world.[15] Collins founded the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) in 2011.[16] Entrance fees for the international competition go towards Random Acts, and in 2012, GISHWHES broke the world record for most pledges to perform an act of kindness.[17]

Personal life

On October 6, 2001, Collins married Victoria Vantoch, in Maine. They have a son, West Anaximander Collins (born September 23, 2010), and a daughter, Maison Marie Collins (born September 25, 2012).[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Guy Uncredited
Girl, Interrupted Tony
2003 Finding Home Dave
2006 Karla Paul Bernardo
2008 Loot Associate Producer[20]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Legacy Andrew Episode: "The Big Fix"
1999 Charmed Eric Bragg Episode: "They're Everywhere"
2000 NYPD Blue Blake DeWitt Episode: "Welcome to New York"
2001 Seven Days Sergei Chubais Episode: "Born in the USSR"
2002 24 Alexis Drazen 7 Episodes (13–17,22–23)
Par 6 Al Hegelman
2003 Moving Alan Tony Derrick
Finding Home Dave
2004 The Crux Man Hanging from the Rope
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Vlad Episode: "Nesting Dolls"
2005–2006 ER Bret 3 episodes
2006 NCIS Justin Ferris Episode: "Singled Out"
Monk Michael Karapov Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Captain's Marriage"
Close to Home Todd Monroe Episode: "There's Something About Martha"
2007 Without a Trace Chester Lake Episode: "Run"
CSI: NY Morton Brite Episode: "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Reinventing the Wheelers Joey Wheeler TV Pilot
2008 Over Her Dead Body Brian
The Grift Buster
2008–2020 Supernatural Castiel; Jimmy Novak; Himself; Leviathan; Lucifer; Cosmic Entity Recurring: Seasons 4 & 8
Series Regular: Seasons 5–6, 9-present
Special Guest Star: Season 7 & 8
Director: Season 9, episode 17
People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (2015)
2009 Nip/Tuck Manny Skerritt Episode: "Manny Skerritt"
2010 Stonehenge Apocalypse Jacob TV movie
2011 Divine: The Series Father Christopher; Producer Web Series[21]
2012 Ringer Dylan Episode: "Whores Don't Make That Much"
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself
2017 Timeless Eliot Ness Episode: "Public Enemy No. 1"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Bromance (shared with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) Supernatural Won[22][23]
2015 Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
2016 Nominated[24]


  1. ^ "Misha Collins in LA 09: On his name". YouTube. "My mom went to Russia when she was in college, and […] she had a boyfriend whose name was Mitya, which she thought was the same as Misha, which it's not. And his real name was Dmitri, so my real name, actually—my birth certificate says Dmitri. But she always calls me Misha, so I have the wrong nickname. But, you know, too late to change it now."
  2. ^ a b "Misha Collins Answers Our Top 3 Q's – EveryJoe". EveryJoe. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013. "My mother went to Russia when she was in college. She had a boyfriend named Misha, and much to my father's chagrin she named me after him. And the last name, Krushnic, goes back six generations in Canada, and we're not sure where they came from—could be Russian or Ukrainian or Polish."
  3. ^ a b "Supernatural Cast Bios Misha Collins". The CW. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Misha Collins". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  5. ^ O'Hare, Kate (November 18, 2008). "Misha Collins is Supernatural's Dark Angel". Screener. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Rossow, Andrew (March 5, 2018). "Behind The Cape: Supernatural's Misha Collins, Advocates Against Cyberbullying Through 'Random Acts'". Forbes. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Molloy, Parker. "Inspired by his family, Misha Collins is fighting homelessness for a very personal reason". Upworthy (22 November 2017). Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jewish comics stump against Trump".
  9. ^ "Just try to find a stranger scavenger hunt than this". The Recorder. August 16, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2014. GISHWHES was created by American actor Misha Collins, who attended Greenfield Center School and graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1992.
  10. ^ Hale, Mike (April 18, 2014). "Eternal Life, Thanks to Angels and Abs". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  11. ^ Krushnic, Dmitri (January 29, 1998). "Lewinsky wasn't the only infatuated intern". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "Cover Released for Misha and Vicki Collins' Cookbook". Nerds and Beyond. June 25, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Carlier, Axel; Leonard, Kathryn; Hahmann, Stefanie; Morin, Geraldine; Collins, Misha (August 2016). "The 2D shape structure dataset: A user annotated open access database". Computers & Graphics. 58: 23–30. doi:10.1016/j.cag.2016.05.009.
  14. ^ "Random Acts – Our Staff". Random Acts.
  15. ^ "Random Acts – Non-profit dedicated to acts of kindness worldwide". Random Acts. Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Mandy, Chaos (October 11, 2012). "GISHWHES – International Scavenger Hunt". Wired. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  17. ^ Hayes, Molly (August 14, 2013). "Wanted: Rooster costume and Russian colonel". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  18. ^ Raftery, Liz (September 28, 2012). "Supernatural's Misha Collins, Wife Have a Baby". TV GUIDE. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  19. ^ "We got this on tuesday. No..." September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  20. ^ Loot: Home. HBO. Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  21. ^ Divine the Series Cast Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on May 16, 2011.
  22. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV -". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  23. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV -". Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  24. ^ "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV -". Retrieved November 5, 2016.

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