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Stephen Collins
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Collins in 2010
Born Stephen Weaver Collins
(1947-10-01) October 1, 1947 (age 68)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Alma mater Amherst College
Occupation Actor, writer, director, musician
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Marjorie Weinman (m. 1970; div. 1978)
Faye Grant (m. 1985; div. 2015)
Children 1

Stephen Weaver Collins (born October 1, 1947) is an American actor, writer, director, and musician,[1] best known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. He is also known for the roles of Captain Will Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and as 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.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born on October 1, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Madeleine (née Robertson) and Cyrus Stickney Collins, an airline executive.[2][3] 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. 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.[4] He also appeared as a potential love interest/boyfriend 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".[5]

In 2013, Collins began appearing in the NBC series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, the leader of the town of Willoughby and father of Rachel Matheson (played by Elizabeth Mitchell).

Personal life[edit]

Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978.[6][7] He married actress Faye Grant in 1985. They had a daughter, Kate, in 1989. Collins filed for divorce from Grant in 2012.[8] The divorce was finalized in January 2015.[9]

Collins is an Episcopalian[10] as well as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and has taken part in the advanced TM Yogic Flying technique since 1980.[11] He is a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research.[12]

Sexual abuse allegations[edit]

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 forty years earlier regarding sexual abuse. The LAPD further stated their investigation did not allow them to "substantiate the allegation."[13][14][15]

In a December 2014 interview with People magazine, Collins admitted he had "inappropriate sexual conduct with three female minors" in 1973, 1982, and 1994.[16][17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Waltons N/A Episode: "The Abdication"
1976 Brinks: The Great Robbery Agent Donald Nash
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange David Spaulding Miniseries
1978 Charlie's Angels N/A 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
1983 Chiefs Billy Lee Miniseries
1984 Threesome Peter Hatten
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
1989 Tattingers Nick Tattinger
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 Remember Clee Donovan
1993 The Disappearance of Nora Jack Fremont
1994 Scarlett Ashley Wilkes Miniseries
1995 A Family Divided Roger Billingsley
1995-96 Sisters Dr. Gabriel 'Gabe' Sorenson
1996 On Seventh Avenue Tom Aiken
1996 The Babysitter's Seduction Bill Bartrand
1996-2007 7th Heaven Eric Camden
1996 An Unexpected Family Sam
1998 An Unexpected Life Sam
1999 As Time Runs Out Dan Carlin
1999 Batman Beyond Tony Maychek
2001 Jumping Ship Gardener
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
2009-11 Private Practice The Captain 4 Episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Dr. Dayton King
2010 Brothers & Sisters N/A 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


Year Title Role Notes
1976 All the President's Men Hugh W. Sloan, Jr.
1977 Between the Lines Micheal
1978 Fedora Young Barry
1979 The Promise Michael Hillyard
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Captain/ Commander Willard Decker
1980 Loving Couples Greg
1985 Brewster's Millions Warren Cox
1986 Choke Canyon Dr. David Lowell
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Marty Phillips
1989 The Big Picture Attorney
1990 Stella Stephen Dallas
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


Year Title Notes
1993 Sondheim: Putting It Together Off Broadway cast recording
2003 Stephen Collins
2005 The Hits of Rick Nelson


Collins is the author of two novels: Eye Contact (1994) and Double Exposure (1998).

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Collins online
  2. ^ Stephen Collins Biography (1947-)
  3. ^ Cyrus Stickney Collins '39
  4. ^ "Stephen Collins Bumped to Series Regular on No Ordinary Family". 
  5. ^ "Office Scoop: Stephen Collins Is Andy's Dad!". 
  6. ^ "Stephen Collins: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Collins, Stephen, 1947–". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stephen Collins and Faye Grant split after 27 years". CBS. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Stephen Collins and Faye Grant Settle Divorce". People. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Stephen Collins content to be in '7th Heaven'". SouthCoastToday. Retrieved January 25, 2001. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Committee for Stress-Free Schools: About Us". Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ Prokupecz, Shimon; Almasy, Steve (October 7, 2014). "Source: '7th Heaven' actor subject of molestation allegations". CNN. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ Villareal, Yvonne (October 7, 2014). "'7th Heaven' pulled after Stephen Collins molestation allegations". LA Times. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hicks, Tony (October 8, 2014). "Stephen Collins' lawyer says wife tried blackmailing him with molestation claims". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Collins, Stephen (December 17, 2014). Stephen Collins Confesses Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls to People: 'I Did Something Terribly Wrong'. People. Interview with Lynette Rice. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (December 17, 2014). "Stephen Collins: 'I did something terribly wrong'". USA Today. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Jonathan Hadary
October 31, 2006 – June 5, 2008
Actor playing King Arthur on Spamalot
June 5, 2008 –
September 14, 2008
Succeeded by
Michael Siberry
September 16, 2008 –
January 11, 2009