American actor Stephen Collins was endowed with the sort of prep-school handsomeness that could adapt to heroics and villainy with equal aplomb. A graduate of Amherst and a veteran of the Broadway stage, Collins made his film bow in a microscopic role in All the President's Men (1976). He was seen to better advantage with a whole crop of relative newcomers in Joan Micklin Silver's low-budget Between the Lines (1977), then graduated to "A" parts in "A" pictures, such as the role of Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1978). Television has always been kind to Stephen Collins: he received substantial acting assignments in the 1977 anthology Best Sellers (as David Spaulding in the "Rhineman Exchange" story arc), the 1982 Indiana Jones derivation Tales of the Gold Monkey (lead role, as Jake Cutter), the 1988 weekly Tattinger's (title role), and the 1990 middle-age-angst sitcom Working it Out (as David Stewart). Eventually he became known for his role as the family patriarch in the Christian-oriented series 7th Heaven (1996-2003). In 2012, Collins played a supporting role in The Farrelly brothers' film reboot of Three Stooges. He would continue to work on television as well, taking guest spots on shows like The Office and Devious Maids, and a recurring role on the second season of Revolution.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Was inspired to start his writing career after attending a party hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest where Curtis pulled a book from the shelf and asked everyone to imagine its first sentence. Collins' sentence became the first line of his novel Eye Contact.
- Released his debut album Stephen Collins in 2003; a follow-up, The Hits of Rick Nelson, was released in 2005.
- Has practiced Transcendental Meditation since 1976.
- Is a descendant of politician James Baird Weaver, who ran for president on the Populist Party ticket in 1892.