Gary Ennis Collins (born
April 30, 1938) is an American film and television actor.
- This article is about the actor. For the American
football player of the same name, see Gary Collins .
Early life and career
was born in Venice,
California to a waitress/factory worker mother.
served in the U.S. Army in Europe. He is known for his roles in the
, in the 1965 The Wackiest Ship in
, in the 1969 Andy
film, "Angel in My
", and for starring in the 1972 television series
The Sixth Sense
Rhodes and in the 1974 television series Born Free
conservationist George Adamson
Later in his career, Collins hosted a few television talk shows
, including Hour Magazine
The Home Show
. In 1993
during a segment about influenza
a physician guest mistakenly gave Sarah
an injection with the same needle used on cohost
Collins. Collins left during the show to undergo blood tests
to determine his HIV
turned out to be negative.
Collins had been hosting the television infomercial
gimmick "Winning in the Cash Flow
Business" with Russ Dalbey since 2001.
Collins has been married to Miss
, Mary Ann Mobley
1967 and their daughter, Mary Clancy Collins, is Senior Vice
President of Development for MGM Television. He was previously
married to Susan Peterson with whom he has two other children (Guy
William Collins and Melissa "Mimi" Collins).
Since 2002, Collins has also been charged with three counts of
"driving under the
" (of alcohol) (DUI). His first arrest came in 2002 in Mississippi; he was found not guilty after a
The second incident occurred on October 23, 2007, when Collins was
involved in an accident caused by another motorist. The collision
caused Collins' car to collide with two cars parked on the side of
the street. Responding police officers reportedly smelled alcohol
on Collins' breath and initiated a field sobriety test. He was
arrested for investigation of misdemeanor driving under the
influence. According to police Collins "was not at fault in the
accident. The other motorist failed to yield to oncoming traffic
and collided with Collins' vehicle." Police determined that
89-year-old Warren Gates, the other driver, caused the crash by
failing to stop at a red light. Gates subsequently died of his
injuries in a local hospital on December 7, 2007.
The day before Gates' death, Collins pleaded no contest to DUI
charges stemming from the October 2007 incident and was sentenced
to four days in jail. He was also sentenced to four years of
probation, fined $500, and ordered to perform 100 hours of
community service. He must also pay restitution to the victims,
enroll in an 18-month alcohol education program and attend 26
-- at least two per week.
Collins was charged with his third DUI on Saturday, January 31,
2009 in Montecito, California while driving a motor home. Collins
refused a field sobriety test and was taken into custody, but later
agreed to a blood alcohol test. The results are pending. Collins,
who is still on four years probation for the previous DUI, could go
to prison if he is found to have been intoxicated at the time of
this latest incident. Collins pleaded no
to the charges and was sentenced to 120 days in jail
and had his vehicle impounded
for 90 days
and his license suspended for three years.
- Gary Collins Biography (1938-)
- Gary Collins Busted for DUI Again TMZ, February
- TV Legend Gary Collins Busted for DUI Smash Up -
- Gary Collins Gets 4 Days in Jail for DUI - MSN TV
- Gary Collins: Jailbound TMZ, March 2, 2009