Skip to comments.Gary Collins, actor and TV host, dies at 74
Posted on 10/13/2012 1:36:22 PM PDT by Perdogg
Gary Collins, an actor who was the longtime host of the syndicated TV show Hour Magazine and a former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died early Saturday in Biloxi, Miss. He was 74.
Collins died of natural causes soon after arriving at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press
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thoughts and prayers for his family. May the angels sing him home.
Rest in peace, Gary!
How humbling is life? You can be a handsome (and largely talentless) Hollywood star married to an actress and beauty queen and decades later, you can die on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
It could be worse. You could be Joanie from Happy Days.
METV’s been running the “Sixth Sense” episodes of Night Gallery the last week or so.
As if they could see into the future.... eerie, no?
I remember when 74 sounded old.
Now it sounds middle aged.
Which must mean I know a lot of 148 year old people.
The strangest tv coincidence I ever saw involved a special BBC showing in the US of a group of Baker Street Irregulars meeting to commemorate the death of Sherlock Holmes with the guy that played Dr. Watson on the Grenada tv series. Jeremy Brett, who played Holmes in that series, died the next day.
Trying to remember who he was. Did he play a vampire on a soap opera my MIL used to watch?
“you can die on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
When I go, I want it to be in the South. Beaufort, South Carolina would be my first choice and New Braunfels, Texas my second. Mississippi wouldn’t be bad, either.
Is he the dude that played a USMC lieutenant in ate show in the late 50’s or early 60’s?
Aw, you know, sixty’s the new forty. :o)
Nah; the vampire was Jeremy Somebodyelse. Jeremy Brett played the more realistic Sherlock Holmes; and was the best one.
I believe you are thinking of the actor Gary Lockwood.
Gary Collins co-starred in a TV series “The Wackest Ship in the Army.” His co-star, who I though did a fine job in the series was Jack Warden.
Of course. Do’h! I should’ve remembered that. Thanks, MM.
Whoa..! I am old enough to remember the TV series, and also the reruns of the Jack Lemmon movie of the same name. Man, I haven't thought about 'The Wackiest Ship in the Army' in over 35 years. Yikes, what a blast from the past.
Yes, I remember the movie as well-I think Ricky Nelson
was the movie equivalent of Gary Collins.
The chief petty officer was the same in both movies, a fine character actor, Klein was his last name as I recall.
His is a familiar face.
Married to Mary Ann Mobly, former Miss America.
Sad. Loved him in Hangar 18. Cheesiest movie ever, but he made it worthwhile. :-)
Served in the Army, too. RIP, and thanks for your service.
R.I.P. There goes someone else I used to see on TV in my youth.
I recall him hosting the Miss America Pageant.
Great host and actor.
First face that popped into my mind was Gary Coleman!
RIP, Mr. Collins. He played one of Dean Martin’s co-pilots in the original “Airport” film. I also remember seeing him say that he and his wife Mary Ann were Republicans, rare for Hollywood.