Collins in 2010
|Born||Stephen Weaver Collins
October 1, 1947
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
|Spouse(s)||Marjorie Weinman (1970–1978)
Faye Grant (1985–2015)
Stephen Weaver Collins (born October 1, 1947) is an American actor, best known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. He also portrayed the roles of Captain Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Dr. Dayton King on the short-lived ABC TV series No Ordinary Family. He also appeared in a supporting role in the TV series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, father of Elizabeth Mitchell's character Rachel Matheson.
He was born on October 1, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Madeleine (née Robertson) and Cyrus Stickney Collins, an airline executive. Collins was raised with his two older brothers in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and attended Amherst College, graduating cum laude. He played bass guitar and rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands at Amherst.
Collins' Broadway credits include his 2008 role as King Arthur in Spamalot and prior appearances in Moonchildren, The Ritz, The Loves of Anatol, and No Sex Please, We're British; Off Broadway he appeared opposite Sigourney Weaver in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, as Macduff to Christopher Walken's Macbeth at Lincoln Center, and as husband to Julie Andrews in the Stephen Sondheim revue, Putting It Together at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1993.
Collins is probably best known for his role as Eric Camden in the television drama series 7th Heaven (1996-2007). He is also known for portraying captain/commander Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Other notable television credits include Jake Cutter in the cult favorite Tales of the Gold Monkey and Tattingers, as well as guest appearances in The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, and numerous miniseries and made-for-television movies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work opposite Ann-Margret in the miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and he played John F. Kennedy in the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries. He also played the lead role opposite Lauren Hutton in the made-for-TV movie The Rhinemann Exchange, based on Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.
Collins has co-starred with Diane Keaton in two movies: The First Wives Club (1996) and Because I Said So (2007). He has co-starred with Meredith Baxter in three films, All the President's Men, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, the latter two being made-for-TV movies broadcast on CBS in 1992.
In the 2010–11 television season, Collins starred in the short-lived ABC series No Ordinary Family. He also appeared as a potential love interest for Ron Rifkin's character Saul Holden, on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, in fall of 2010. He also appeared in season eight of The Office playing Andy Bernard's dad in the episode "Garden Party".
Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978. He married actress Faye Grant in 1985. They had a daughter, Kate, in 1989. Collins filed for divorce from Grant in 2012. The divorce was finalized in January 2015.
Collins is an Episcopalian as well as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and has taken part in the advanced TM Yogic Flying technique since 1980. Until October 2014, he had been a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research. Collins also was a mentor to Haysha Deitsch, who worked with him on a few occasions.
Sexual abuse allegations
In October 2014, the New York City Police Department began investigating Collins after an audio tape leaked to the media revealed a male voice—purported to be that of Collins—admitting to past sexual abuse of a minor. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated Collins had been investigated by the department in 2012 after receiving a claim from 40 years earlier regarding sexual abuse. The LAPD further stated their investigation did not allow them to "substantiate the allegation".
|1975||The Waltons||Todd Clarke||Episode: "The Abdication"|
|1976||Brinks: The Great Robbery||Agent Donald Nash|
|1977||The Rhinemann Exchange||David Spaulding||Miniseries|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Steve Carmody||Angel Come Home|
|1980||The Henderson Monster||Pete Casimir|
|1981||Looking Back||Morton Fullerton|
|1981||Summer Solstice||Young Joshua Turner|
|1982||Inside the Third Reich||Karl Hanke|
|1982||Tales of the Gold Monkey||Jake Cutter|
|1984||Dark Mirror||Dr. Jim Eiseley|
|1985||The Hitchhiker||Todd Fields||Episode: And If We Dream|
|1986||Hold the Dream||Shane O'Neil|
|1987||The Two Mrs. Grenvilles||Billy Grenville Jr.|
|1988||Weekend War||Captain John Deason|
|1990||Working It Out||David Stuart|
|1991||A Woman Named Jackie||John F. Kennedy||Miniseries|
|1992||A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story||Dan Broderick|
|1992||Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter||Dan Broderick|
|1992||My New Gun||Gerald Bender|
|1993||The Disappearance of Nora||Jack Fremont|
|1995||A Family Divided||Roger Billingsley|
|1995–1996||Sisters||Dr. Gabriel 'Gabe' Sorenson|
|1996||On Seventh Avenue||Tom Aiken|
|1996||The Babysitter's Seduction||Bill Bartrand|
|1996–2007||7th Heaven||Eric Camden||Main role (242 episodes)|
|1996||An Unexpected Family||Sam|
|1998||An Unexpected Life||Sam|
|1999||As Time Runs Out||Dan Carlin|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Tony Maychek|
|2005||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||Qualified for the first tournament|
|2006||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Bruce Mathis|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Pierson Bartlett||Episode: "Trade"|
|2008||Every Second Counts||Joe Preston|
|2009–2011||Private Practice||The Captain||4 Episodes|
|2010||No Ordinary Family||Dr. Dayton King|
|2010||Brothers & Sisters||Charlie||Episode: A Righteous Kiss|
|2011||The Office||Walter Bernard Sr.||Episode: Garden Party|
|2013||Falling Skies||President Benjamin Hathaway|
|2013||Scandal||News Anchor||Happy Birthday, Mr. President|
|2013||The Fosters||Rev. Adams||Episode: I Do|
|2013||Devious Maids||Philippe Delatour||6 episodes|
|2013||Revolution||Dr. Gene Porter||Main cast, season 2; 12 episodes|
|1976||All the President's Men||Hugh W. Sloan Jr.|
|1977||Between the Lines||Micheal|
|1979||The Promise||Michael Hillyard|
|1979||Star Trek: The Motion Picture||Captain/Commander Willard Decker|
|1985||Brewster's Millions||Warren Cox|
|1986||On Dangerous Ground||Dr. David Lowell|
|1986||Jumpin' Jack Flash||Marty Phillips|
|1989||The Big Picture||Attorney|
|1992||My New Gun||Gerald Bender|
|1995||A Family Divided||Roger Billingsley|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Aaron Paradis|
|1999||Drive Me Crazy||Mr. Maris|
|2003||The Commission||Joseph A. Ball|
|2006||Blood Diamond||Ambassador Walker|
|2007||Because I Said So||Joe Dresden|
|2008||Hole in the Paper Sky||Mr. Benson|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Mr. Harter|
|1993||Sondheim: Putting It Together||Off Broadway cast recording|
|2005||The Hits of Rick Nelson|
Collins is the author of two novels: Eye Contact (1994) and Double Exposure (1998).
- Collins, Stephen (1994). Eye Contact. Bantam. ISBN 978-0553095852.
- Collins, Stephen (1998). Double Exposure: A Novel. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0688158934.
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- Pool, Bob (June 14, 2003). "Religion; Seeking Site for a 'Peace Palace'; Devotees of 'yogic flying' unveil plans to build a $4-million meditation center in the L.A. area. It would be the fourth such facility in the U.S.". Los Angeles Times. p. B.24.
- "Committee for Stress-Free Schools: About Us". tmeducation.org. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Prokupecz, Shimon; Almasy, Steve (October 7, 2014). "Source: '7th Heaven' actor subject of molestation allegations". CNN. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Villareal, Yvonne (October 7, 2014). "'7th Heaven' pulled after Stephen Collins molestation allegations". LA Times. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Hicks, Tony (October 8, 2014). "Stephen Collins' lawyer says wife tried blackmailing him with molestation claims". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Meg Wagner; Thomas Tracy; Nancy Dillon (October 7, 2014). "Stephen Collins, pastor-dad in ‘7th Heaven,’ admits to sexually abusing underage girl, exposing himself to 2 others (audio)". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Collins, Stephen (December 17, 2014). "Stephen Collins Confesses Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls to People: 'I Did Something Terribly Wrong'". People (Interview). Interview with Lynette Rice. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Oldenburg, Ann (December 17, 2014). "Stephen Collins: 'I did something terribly wrong'". USA Today. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
http://stephencollins.com/ – revamped 2016
- Official website
- Stephen Collins cast bio on The CW
- Stephen Collins on IMDb
- Stephen Collins at the TCM Movie Database
- Stephen Collins at AllMovie
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