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.

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  1. I liked him the most on Russ Dalbey’s “Winning in the Cash Flow Business”

  2. Mrs. Peele says:

    Sorry to hear about his death. I loved watching him in anything he was part of.

  3. april-ann says:

    My mom swore by “Hour Magazine”. She found it entertaining, informative and fun. She got a kick out of Gary always angling for a taste during the food segments before it was ready for presentation. Her favorite guest cook was Laurie Burrows Grad (the sister of producer James Burrows, I think). It was without question that it was Gary Collins who made the show entertaining, informative and fun. Rest in peace Mr. Gary Collins.

  4. Beany53 says:

    I loved watching him on The Home Show. Sorry to hear of his death.

  5. shelly says:

    My prayers go out to his family. His daughter melissa (mel) is a friend of mine , great people. So tragic

  6. Linda says:

    I remember him in Born Free with Diana Muldaur! They made a great George and Joy Adams. RIP Gary Collins!