Gary Collins (actor)

Gary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor and talk-show host.[1]

Gary Collins
Gary Collins 1972
Collins in 1972
Gary Ennis Collins

April 30, 1938
DiedOctober 13, 2012 (aged 74)
Alma materSanta Monica City College
Years active1962–2011
Spouse(s)Susan Lachman (1964–1967) (divorced)
Mary Ann Mobley (1967–2012) (his death)
AwardsOutstanding Host Or Hostess In A Talk Or Service Series
For: 'Hour Magazine' (1980) – Won
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host – 1983

Early life and education

Collins was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice, California. He was raised there by a single mother who was a waitress and factory worker.[2] Gary attended Venice High School and graduated with the class of 1955. After attending Santa Monica City College, he went into the United States Army.

Early career

Collins enlisted in the Army and served in Europe, where he was a radio and television performer for the Armed Forces Network. After his return, he performed at the Barter Theatre, a year-round repertory theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, whose director Robert Porterfield provided chances for many aspiring actors.

Film and television

Collins made a career in television, co-starring, 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 The Sixth Sense, in syndication part of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, as the parapsychologist and extrasensory perception-gifted Dr. Michael Rhodes. In 1974, he starred in the series Born Free, based on the life of George Adamson, a Kenyan wildlife conservationist best known for his work with lions.[1] Collins appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason: in 1965, he played assistant district attorney and defendant Larry Germaine in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Fatal Fetish", and in 1966, he played murderer Alex Tanner in "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper".

Collins guest-starred in dozens of television shows beginning in the 1960s, including The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, ALF, The Love Boat, The Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Roots, Gimme A Break!, Friends, "Yes, Dear", JAG, and most recently Dirty Sexy Money. He appeared in the episode "You're Not Alone" from the 1977 anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).[3]

Collins also had many film roles, including The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), Angel in My Pocket (1969) also starring Andy Griffith, the original Airport (1970), Quarantined (1970), Houston, We've Got a Problem (1974), The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977), the horror thriller Killer Fish (1979), starring Lee Majors, Watchers Reborn (1998), and The Jungle Book: Search for the Lost Treasure (1998). He also played an American astronaut involved in a UFO coverup in the 1980 film Hangar 18.

Collins hosted the Group W television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989 to 1994. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982 to 1990.[1] His wife Mary Ann Mobley and he replaced Bob Barker as co-hosts of the Pillsbury Bake-Off on CBS from 1984 to 1988 before being replaced by Willard Scott in 1990.


Collins was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In 1985, He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life and death

Collins was first married to Susan Peterson, with whom he had two children: Guy William and Melissa Collins. They divorced.

In 1967, Collins married Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America (1959). They had one child, a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins.[2] They separated in 2011,[4] but reconciled. He moved to her home state of Mississippi to be with her in 2012 while she battled breast cancer.

Collins died around 1:00 am on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, of natural causes.[1][5]

Legal issues

The final decade of Collins's life was marred by several run-ins with the law. In January 2008, Collins served four days in jail in Glendale, California, for his second DUI conviction.[6] He was arrested a year later, on January 31, 2009, in Santa Barbara County, California, and pleaded no contest to driving a motor home while drunk. He was sentenced to 120 days "home detention" according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.29, more than three times the legal limit.[6]

In November 2010, Collins was charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident in Jackson, Mississippi. He was fined $500.[7] 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 said the restaurant was taking too long to deliver his dinner, so he left and refused to pay the bill.[7] He paid a $500 fine two weeks later and did not appear in court.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome Major Wolff
1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla Submariner Uncredited
1962 The Longest Day Officer On Bridge Uncredited
1965 Stranded Bob
1969 Angel in My Pocket Art Shields
1970 Quarantined Dr. Larry Freeman TV movie
1970 Airport Cy Jordan
1972 Getting Away from It All Mark Selby TV movie
1974 Houston, We've Got a Problem Tim Cordell TV movie
1977 Roots Grill TV miniseries (Part III)
1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Paul Fabiani TV movie
1978 The Young Runaways Lt. Ray Phillips TV movie
1979 Killer Fish Tom
1979 The Kid From Left Field Pete Sloane TV movie
1980 The Secret of Lost Valley Ned Harkness TV movie
1980 Hangar 18 Steve Bancroft
1981 Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls Kevin Gilmore TV miniseries
1992 Secrets Zack Taylor TV movie
1994 Bandit Bandit Governor Denton TV movie
1998 Watchers Reborn Gus Brody
1998 The Jungle Book: Search for the Lost Treasure Professor Warren Miller
2000 Beautiful Miss American Miss Host


  1. ^ a b c d Associated Press, Gary Collins: Actor, TV host dies at 74 in Miss., The Washington Times, October 13, 2012
  2. ^ a b "Gary Collins Biography". Advameg, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  3. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
  4. ^ "TV Actor and Host Gary Collins Dies at 74". Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Harris, Donna (October 13, 2012). "Actor Gary Collins dies in Biloxi". The Sun Herald. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Ken Lee (February 1, 2009). "Gary Collins Arrested for DUI Again". People.
  7. ^ a b "Gary Collins Arrested". The Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2011.

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Preceded by
Ron Ely
Miss America host
Succeeded by
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford
Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi ( bi-LUK-see) is a city and one of two county seats of Harrison County, Mississippi, United States (the other seat being the adjoining city of Gulfport). The 2010 United States Census recorded the population as 44,054, and in 2016 the estimated population was 45,975. The area was first settled by French colonists.

The city is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi metropolitan area and the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS Combined Statistical Area. Pre-Katrina, Biloxi was the third-largest city in Mississippi, behind Jackson and Gulfport. Due to the widespread destruction and flooding, many refugees left the city. Post-Katrina, the population of Biloxi decreased, and it became the fifth-largest city in the state, being surpassed by Hattiesburg and Southaven.The beachfront of Biloxi lies directly on the Mississippi Sound, with barrier islands scattered off the coast and into the Gulf of Mexico. Keesler Air Force Base lies within the city and is home to the 81st Training Wing and the 403d Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron Spelling. It follows the crime-fighting adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles, California, and originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett (billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors), and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles and John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend, who directed the crime-fighting operations of the "Angels" over a speakerphone. There were a few casting changes: after the departure of Fawcett and Jackson came the additions of Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being "Jiggle TV" (specifically emphasizing the sex appeal of the female leads), Charlie's Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons. By the third season, however, the show had fallen from the top 10. The fourth season of the show saw a further decline in ratings; the changes could not stop the falling ratings and in 1981, after 110 episodes and five seasons, Charlie's Angels was canceled. The series continues to have a cult and pop culture following through syndication, DVD releases, and subsequent television shows. The show also spawned two feature film adaptations and a reboot television series in 2011.

Collins (surname)

The surname Collins has a variety of likely origins in Britain and Ireland:

Anglo-Saxon: A patronymic surname based on the name Colin, an English diminutive form of Nicholas. In England, Collins usually signified "son of Colin."

Irish: "cuilein" = darling, a term of endearment applied to a whelp or young animal. The medieval surname was Ua Cuiléin, which has usually become Ó Coileáin today.

Welsh: Collen = hazel, hazel grove.Alternative spellings or related surnames include Collin, Colling, Coling, Collings, Colings, Collis, Coliss, Collen, and Collens.

A great number of Welsh origin surnames share a similar etymology to English ones - Where in English names the forename of the patriarch is suffixed with 'SON' (as in Peterson, Richardson, Johnson) in Welsh names the 'SON' is simply the letter "S" (Phillips, Davies, Davis, Williams) and Collins may have been one of the surnames to have originated in this way.

The Domesday Book (compiled in 1086) was the first to document names in England and Wales and at this time only the upper classes were literate. During the time between this and the first census of 1801 names continually changed due to the illiterate nature of the British population. Indeed, the need to be able to complete such documents may be a key factor in the change to fixed spellings.

The earliest documented evidence of the name in England dates back as far as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries where several instances have been recorded. One Colinus de Andresia appears in the pipe rolls of Berkshire in 1191, while a Colinus is mentioned in Hartopp's Register of the Freeman of Leicester recorded in 1196. The name Colinc is also mentioned several times in the Domesday Book. The personal name Colin from which the surname derives has an even older history; Ceawlin, the king of the West Saxons, Caelin, a brother of St Chad, and the early Welsh saint, Kollen, all have names related to Colin. In Ireland, Collins is a genuinely indigenous Irish name; in fact, it is one of the most numerous surnames, ranked number 30.

Gary (given name)

Gary and Garry are English language masculine given names.

Gary Collins

Gary Collins may refer to:

Gary Collins (actor) (1938–2012), American film and television actor

Gary Collins (American football) (born 1940), American football end and punter for the Cleveland Browns

Gary Collins (Canadian politician) (born 1963), Canadian politician

Gary Collins (Idaho politician) (born 1942), Republican Idaho State Representative

Gary Collins (ice hockey) (born 1935), NHL player for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Gary Collins (racing driver) (born 1960), NASCAR driver

Gary Collins (baseball coach), retired college head coach

Gary Collins (Executive Producer) CEO of Red Rock Entertainment

Venice High School (Los Angeles)

Venice High School is located in the westside Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California within the Local District West area of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

VHS has 4 Small Learning Communities (SLC's):

Academy of Law and Public Service

Media, Arts & Technology Academy

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) and GATE

Sports MedicineVHS also has 2 magnet programs

World Language and Global Studies Magnet and

STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Medicine) MagnetVenice High is greatly supported by numerous community partnerships, parent groups, Booster, and Alumni associations. Venice is known for offering a large number of Advanced Placement classes and having an excellent athletics program. The school is also added an instrumental music teacher, marching band, and Mandarin teacher.

During the 2011-2012 school year, 69% of Venice High students were Hispanic/Latino, with 12% white/European Americans, 10% African Americans and 8% Asian Americans. According to the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. project as well as zip code maps, because the school is just east of Walgrove Avenue it is not located in Venice, but the adjacent neighborhood of Mar Vista. According to the City of Los Angeles's Venice Community Plan map, however, the school is located in Venice.Several neighborhoods, including Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, and Del Rey, feed into Venice High School. The unique educational pathways offered by the six small schools draw students from across Los Angeles.

Elementary schools in the Venice High district include Beethoven Elementary, Mar Vista Elementary, Playa del Rey Elementary, Broadway Elementary, Braddock Drive Elementary, Stoner Avenue Elementary, Short Avenue Elementary, Westminster Avenue Elementary School and Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School. Marina Del Rey Middle School, Daniel Webster Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, and Palms Middle School feed into Venice. Until LAUSD established sufficient capacity in the area during the immediate post-World War II period, Culver City-based Betsy Ross Elementary, now closed, had been the largest single feeder to the then 7–12th grade high school.

The school's student news site, called The Oarsman, began as a school newspaper. Written Voice, a literary journal started in the spring of 2012, features students' poetry, short stories, and other work. An unofficial newsmagazine, The Venice Independent, was formerly run by Venice students.

The current principal is Mr. Gabriel Griego.

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