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Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins

Emmy-nominated actor Stephen Collins likes to keep moving between television, film, theater, rock 'n' roll and writing.

On series television, audiences have seen him in Tattingers, Working It Out with Jane Curtin and Tales of the Gold Monkey, as well as a stint opposite Sela Ward on the final season of the acclaimed drama Sisters. Collins has starred in eight television miniseries, including The Rhineman Exchange, Inside the Third Reich with John Gielgud and Blythe Danner, Chiefs, Hold the Dream and opposite Ann-Margret in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. He was J.F.K. opposite Roma Downey in A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries, swept Donna Mills off her feet in Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember and played Ashley Wilkes in Scarlett.

His 15 television movies include The Betty Broderick Story opposite Meredith Baxter, The Babysitter's Seduction with Keri Russell, Summer Solstice with Henry Fonda and Weekend War. He also starred with Stockard Channing in the acclaimed film An Unexpected Family and its sequel, An Unexpected Life.

Numerous feature films include The First Wives Club, in which he played Diane Keaton's philandering husband, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Brewster's Millions, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (he was, very briefly, captain of The Enterprise), The Promise with Kathleen Quinlan and the classic All the President's Men. He and his wife, actress Faye Grant, also co-starred in Drive Me Crazy as the parents of Melissa Joan Hart. A stage veteran, Collins recently appeared opposite Blythe Danner in Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was in the original Broadway production of Michael Weller's Moonchildren with other unknowns of the time, including James Woods, Christopher Guest and Edward Herrmann. He created roles in original New York productions of Terrence McNally's The Ritz, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy with Sigourney Weaver and A.R. Gurney's The Old Boy. Collins performed at Lincoln Center in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth as Macduff opposite Christopher Walken, and was directed by Joseph Papp in Twelfth Night. Collins also directed a successful regional production of The Old Boy as well as several of 7th Heaven's highest-rated episodes.

His play Super Sunday was produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and his first novel, Eye Contact, was a national best seller for Bantam Books. Collins' second thriller, Double Exposure, was published in 1998 and a short story, Water Hazard, will be out soon for New Millennium Books. For each of the past four years, Collins has contributed a one-act play to a spring marathon of one-acts at Los Angeles' Playwrights Express at First Stage in Hollywood.

The Gold Label recently released Stephen Collins, a CD of classic rock 'n' roll with Collins covering songs originally done by Buddy Holly, Carole King, Dion, Rick Nelson and Elvis, among others. Collins has also begun to appear live as Stephen Collins & The 7th Band.

Collins lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Stephen Collins Facts

BirthdayOctober 1, 1947 (74)
BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Stephen Collins compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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