Gary Collins

Active - 1962 - 1998  |   Born - Apr 30, 1938 in Venice, California  |   Died - Oct 13, 2012 in Biloxi, MS  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Mystery

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American actor Gary Collins spent most of his childhood moving back and forth between California and Nevada with his mother. He finished his education at Santa Monica College as an accounting major, never contemplating an acting career until he became involved with camp shows in the army. Hanging around in Paris after his army hitch, he picked up pocket money dubbing English dialog to French films, then moved back to the states, where he was cast in the first play for which he auditioned, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. After a stint on the TV daytime serial The Doctors, Collins worked in stock theatre and returned to Europe, where he showed up in an award-winning art film titled Stranded. In 1965, Collins was cast in a supporting role in The Wackiest Ship in the Army, the first of many one-season TV assignments for the actor. During the next fifteen years, Collins starred in the series The Iron Horse, Sixth Sense and Born Free, none of them lasting beyond their first year (Born Free operated under the handicap of being scheduled opposite Monday Night Football. Upset at the progress of his career, Collins accepted a hosting job on the syndicated talkfest Hour Magazine in 1980. At long last, the actor found steady professional work; he proved an above-average emcee, and stayed with Hour until its cancellation in 1989--after which he spent two years hosting the ABC daytime magazine The Home Show. Collins married his second wife, actress and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, in 1967; the two separated in 2011, one year before Collins died of natural causes at the age of 74.

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