Gary Collins





4/30/1938 , Venice, California, U.S.



Birth Name

Gary Ennis Collins




Award-winning Gary Collins is one of the most versatile actors in the entertainment industry today. Raised in southern California, Collins attended Santa Monica City College and then enlisted in the Army for two years. While in uniform, Gary discovered acting, and performed as a radio and television personality for the Armed Forces Network.

He stayed in Europe after being honorable discharged from the Army and made his motion picture debut in Cleopatra starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He was next seen in Darryl F. Zanuck's The Longest Day, followed by The Pigeon That Took Rome. He then toured the Netherlands in a musical revue. Collins won the Best Actor Award for his performance in The Rainmaker at the Paris International Drama Festival.

He returned to the United States making his professional stage debut on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. The play was followed by a summer at the world famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia and then to Greece for the film Stranded, an entry in the Cannes film festival.

Collins has guest starred in numerous television series showcasing both his dramatic and comedic capabilities. He proved his comic timing on Dharma and Greg and played himself on a memorable episode of Friends. A talented and diverse actor, he has portrayed a variety of characters in many made-for-television movies and mini-series including the critically acclaimed, award-winning Roots.

His movie career continued with appearances in Airport, Houston We've Got a Problem, Hangar 18 and is featured in the movie Beautiful starring Minnie Driver and directed by Sally Field.

In addition to his roles in theatre, films and television, Collins is also well known for his easy going and warmth as a Host. He hosted Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988 and was nominated for an Emmy® 6 times. Collins won the Emmy® Award in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. For nine years Gary enjoyed hosting The Miss America Pageant.

Gary is married to actress and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley. He and his wife have been involved with the March of Dimes for more than 20 years and they are active volunteers in relief organizations to end world hunger. They are also actively involved with the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis.

Collins was recently honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.