Gary Collins Biography (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. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, television host
Birth Details
April 30, 1938
Venice, California, United States

Famous Works

  • 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
  • Miniseries
  • Grill, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Kevin Gilmore, Jacqueline Susann's "The Valley of the Dolls" (alsoknown as Valley of the Dolls), CBS, 1981
  • 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
  • Pilots
  • Dr. Larry Freeman, Quarantined (also known as House on the Hill), ABC, 1970
  • 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
  • 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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