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GARY COLLINS

BIOGRAPHY
 
Gary Collins (actor)

An American film and television actor and award-winning talk show host.

Collins was born in Los Angeles neighborhood Venice, California, and raised there by a single mother, who was a waitress and factory worker.

Gary attended Venice High School and graduated with the Class of 1955. After attending Santa Monica City College, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe, where he was a radio and television performer for the Armed Forces Network.

He co-starred, with Jack Warden and Mark Slade, in the 1965 series The Wackiest Ship in the Army. He co-starred, with Dale Robertson and Robert Random, in the 1966-68 series The Iron Horse.

He starred in the 1972 television series Sixth Sense, in syndication part of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, as parapsychologist and ESP-gifted Dr. Michael Rhodes, and in the 1974 series Born Free, based on Kenya wildlife conservationist George Adamson, best known for his work with lions and immortalized with Adamson's wife Joy and lioness cub Elsa in the hit 1966 feature film of the same name.

He guest-starred on dozens of television shows since the 1960s, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Friends, JAG, and most recently Dirty Sexy Money. He had roles in the 1969 Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket, and in the 1970 film Airport. He played the heroic co-pilot in the 1977 film The Night They Took Miss Beautiful.[citation needed]

Collins hosted the television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980-88, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989-94. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982-90.

[edit] Awards

Collins was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

[edit] Personal life

Collins was married to former Miss America (1959), Mary Ann Mobley, from 1967 until his death in 2012; they were separated in 2011, but reconciled and he moved to her home state of Mississippi to be with her in 2012, while she battled breast cancer.

They had one child: a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins. Collins was formerly married to Susan Peterson, with whom he had two children: Guy William and Melissa.

[edit] Legal Issues

In January 2008, Collins served four days in jail in Glendale, California, for his second DUI conviction. He pleaded no contest to driving a motor home drunk after his arrest January 31, 2009, in Santa Barbara County, California.

He was sentenced to 120 days "home detention" according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's spokesperson. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.29, more than three times the legal limit.

In November 2010 Collins was charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident in Jackson, Mississippi. He was fined $500.

On January 5, 2011, Collins was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, a felony, in Harrison County, Mississippi, for allegedly failing to pay his bill at Jazzeppi's Restaurant, according to a statement released by the Biloxi Police Department. Collins claimed that the restaurant was taking an inexcusably long time to deliver his dinner, so he left Jazzeppi's, refusing to pay the charges accrued on his check.

He paid a $500 fine two weeks later and did not appear in court.

Collins died around 1 a.m. on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The cause of death was said to be a result of natural causes
 
 
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