Collins, Gary 1938–

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COLLINS, Gary 1938–


Born April 30, 1938, in Venice, CA; mother a waitress and factory worker; married Susan Peterson, 1964 (divorced, 1967); married Mary Ann Mobley (an actress and former Miss America), November 24, 1967; children: (first marriage) Guy, Melissa; (second marriage) Mary Clancy. Education: Attended Santa Monica City College for two years.


Agent—William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actor and television host. Appeared with the Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA, for one year; hosted Miss America Pageant, 1981–90; appeared in television commercial for Select Comfort Mattresses, 1998. Military service: U.S. Army, performed as radio and television personality for Armed Forces Network.

Awards, Honors:

International Drama Festival Award, best actor, 1959, for The Rainmaker; Emmy Award nominations, best host of a talk show, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, Emmy Award, best host of a daytime talk show, 1983, all for Hour Magazine; DeMolay Hall of Fame, inductee, 1986; Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Stage Appearances:

Understudy for the role of Christopher Flanders, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, New York City, 1963.

Hello Dolly!, 1971.

Cabaret, 1971.

Made stage debut in Stalag 17, GI Theatre, Fort Smith, AR; appeared in John Loves Mary, Gaslight, and The Rainmaker, all GI Theatre, West Germany; as singer, dancer, and emcee, Say Cheese, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Film Appearances:

Major Wolff, The Pigeon That Took Rome, Paramount, 1962.

Bob, Stranded, Compton, 1965.

Art Shields, Angel in My Pocket, Universal, 1970.

Cy Jordan, Airport, Universal, 1970.

Tom, Killer Fish (also known as Deadly Treasure of the Piranha, Killer fish agguato sul fondo, The Naked Sun, O peixe assissino, and Treasure of the Piranha), Associated Film Distributors, 1979.

Steve Bancroft, Hangar 18 (also known as Invasion Force), Sunn Classic Pictures, 1980.

Gus Brody, Watchers Reborn, Concorde, 1998.

Professor Miller, Jungle Book: Lost Treasure (also known as Jungle Book: Search for the Lost Treasure and Mowgli's First Adventure: In Search of the Elephant Eye Diamond), Le Monde Entertainment, 1998.

Miss American Miss host, Beautiful, Destination Films, 2000.

Made film debut in Cleopatra; also appeared in The Longest Day.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lieutenant Richard "Rap" Riddle, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, NBC, 1965–66.

Dave Tarrant, construction engineer, The Iron Horse, ABC, 1966–68.

Dr. Michael Rhodes, The Sixth Sense, ABC, 1972.

George Adamson, Born Free, NBC, 1974.

Host, Hour Magazine, syndicated, 1980–88.

Cohost, The Home Show (also known as Home), ABC, 1989–94.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Grill, Roots, ABC, 1977.

Kevin Gilmore, Jacqueline Susann's "The Valley of the Dolls" (also known as Valley of the Dolls), CBS, 1981.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mark Selby, Getting Away from It All, ABC, 1972.

Tim Cordell, Houston, We've Got a Problem, ABC, 1974.

Paul Fabiani, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, NBC, 1977.

Pete Sloane, The Kid from Left Field, NBC, 1979.

Zack Taylor, Secrets (also known as Danielle Steel's "Secrets"), NBC, 1992.

Governor Denton, Bandit: Bandit Bandit, syndicated, 1994.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Dr. Larry Freeman, Quarantined (also known as House on the Hill), ABC, 1970.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Circus of the Stars #2, CBS, 1977.

Circus of the Stars #3, CBS, 1979.

Himself, Circus of the Stars #4, CBS, 1979.

Host, Success: It Can Be Yours, ABC, 1982.

Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #9, CBS, 1984.

All Star Party for "Dutch" Reagan, CBS, 1985.

Host, Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1985–87.

Cohost, Born America: A March of Dimes Television Event, syndicated, 1986.

Host, America's Bake–Off Contest, syndicated, 1986.

It's Howdy Doody Time: A Forty Year Celebration, syndicated, 1987.

Host, The 1988 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1988.

Host, The 1989 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1989.

Host, The 1990 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1990.

Host, The 43rd Annual Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ABC, 1992.

Host, The 103rd Tournament of Roses Parade, ABC, 1992.

The 1993 Crosby Clambake, TNN, 1993.

Stars over Mississippi, with Prince Edward, PBS, 1999.

Interviewee, "Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 40–21," E!'s 101, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Interviewee, "Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 60–41," E!'s 101, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Interviewee, "Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 80–61," E!'s 101, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Larry Germaine, "The Case of the Fatal Fetish," Perry Mason, CBS, 1965.

Alex Tanner, "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper," Perry Mason, CBS, 1966.

Captain David Larkin, "Return of the Hero," Ironside, NBC, 1968.

Sheriff Beal, "Shine On, Shine On, Jesse Gil," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1968.

Jason Adams, "Incident at Diablo Crossing," The Virginian, NBC, 1969.

"Love and the Other Guy," Love, American Style, ABC, 1970.

Mark Gaynor, "Center of Peril," The F.B.I., ABC, 1971.

"Love and the Tattoo," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1971.

"Love and the Sex Survey," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

Henry Lockman, "Dear Enemy," Hawaii Five–O, 1971.

Dr. Rhodes, "I Did Not Mean to Slay Thee," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972.

"I'm Really Trying," Marcus Welby M.D., ABC, 1972.

Kevin Mallory, "Fifth Man in a String Quartet," McCloud, NBC, 1972.

Dog's owner, "Peace Is Our Profession: Part 3," Lassie, syndicated, 1972.

Dr. Rhodes, "The Heart That Wouldn't Stay Buried," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972.

"Love and the Seven–Year Wait," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

Howard Heston, "Only a Scream Away," Thriller, ATV and ABC, 1974.

Bill Ryan, "Country Boy," Police Story, NBC, 1974.

Hugh Briant, "The Double Kill," Thriller, ATV and ABC, 1975.

Vince Bradford, "Deadly Reunion," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1976.

John Mallory, "Canyon of Death," The Bionic Woman, ABC, 1976.

Dave Adams, "Dial a Deadly Number," Thriller, ATV and ABC, 1976.

Dan Belmont, "Bought and Paid For," Police Story, NBC, 1976.

"Welcome to America, Jade Snow," The Quest, NBC, 1976.

"Ms. Murder," Most Wanted, 1977.

Dar–L, "Vortex," The Fantastic Journey, NBC, 1977.

Dar–L, "Atlantium," The Fantastic Journey, NBC, 1977.

Bill Jordan, "Family Reunion/Voodoo," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Page Westmore, "Flip of a Coin," Police Woman, NBC, 1978.

Ken Davis, "Gopher the Rebel/Cabin Fever/Pacific Princess Overture," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Mr. Diller, "Ship of Ghouls," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Victor Buckley, "Mother Angel," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1978.

Jim Thornton, "The Principal of the Thing," Alice, CBS, 1978.

Joey Lee, "The Pug/Class of '69," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

Professor Fairgate, "Angels on Campus," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1979.

Jack Prescott, "The Private Eye Connection," Vega$, ABC, 1980.

Jack Prescott, "Night of a Thousand Eyes," Vega$, ABC, 1980.

Ned Harkness, "The Secret of Lost Valley: Parts 1 & 2," Disneyland, NBC, 1980.

Michael, the Angel of Death, "The Angel's Triangle/Natchez Bound," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.

Cody Blake, "Designs," Hotel, ABC, 1983.

Himself, "Second Chance: Parts 1 & 2," Gimme a Break!, NBC, 1986.

Garrett O'Brien, "Who Killed the Anchorman?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Skip Connors, "The Wrong Stuff," Saved by the Bell: The New Class, 1996.

Dewey Morgan, "A Closer Look," Baywatch Nights, syndicated, 1996.

Senior attorney, "Impact," JAG, CBS, 1997.

Himself, "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS," Friends, NBC, 1998.

Himself, "I Did It for You, Kitty," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 1999.

David, "The Good Couple," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2000.

Himself, "Reapercussions," Dead Like Me, Showtime, 2003.

Also appeared in Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC; The Doctors, NBC; The Six Million Dollar Man, ABC; Dance Fever, syndicated; Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book, Fox; as Dr. Rhodes, "Flying Sepulcher of Death," "Echo of a Distant Scream," and "Can a Dead Man Strike from the Grave?," all Night Gallery, NBC.

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