Gary Collins, TV Host and Actor, Dies at 74
Gary Collins, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1984 for hosting Hour Magazine and worked a variety of acting and emceeing gigs in a career that spanned five decades, died of natural causes early Saturday in a Biloxi, Miss., hospital. He was 74.
Collins scored a total of six Daytime Emmy nominations during Hour Magazine‘s eight-year run in the 1980s, and hosted the Miss America pageant from 1985-1989.
In the 1960s and early ’70s, he starred in series such as Iron Horse, The Sixth Sense, and Born Free. Later, he appeared in episodes of The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, and Hotel, among others. Collins’ last credited role came in a 2009 episode of Dirty Sexy Money.
At the time of his death, Collins was reportedly separated from his wife of some 45 years, former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley. Collins is also survived by one child with Mobley, and two others from a previous marriage.