Actor, TV host Gary Collins dies in Biloxi

Actor, TV host Gary Collins dies in Biloxi

Gary Collins (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Posted on October 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 10:45 PM

BILOXI, Miss. - Actor and television host Gary Collins died overnight in Biloxi, according to media reports.  He was 74.

The Biloxi Sun Herald, Associated Press and TMZ are reporting that Collins died at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, according to Harrison County officials.  A deputy coroner told the newspaper that Collins died of natural causes.

Collins' wife, actress and former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, is a native of the Biloxi area.  The couple separated last year, according to reports.

Collins is known from his TV show-host work with "Hour Magazine" and as host of the Miss America pagent, both in the 1980s.  He won an Emmy award in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

He starred in the TV series "The Sixth Sense" in the 1970s and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" in the '60s. He guest-starred in movies including "Airport" and "Angel in My Pocket" and several other TV and game shows.  In recent years, he appeared on "The Young and the Restless," "JAG" and "Yes, Dear."

Collins made headlines in recent years for run-ins with the law, including a 2007 arrest for DUI, in which he served four days in jail, and a bizarre 2011 arrest in Biloxi, after being accused of leaving a restaurant without paying his bill.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident in Jackson, Miss.

Collins and Mobley had one daughter, Mary Clancy Collins, who is Senior Vice President of Development for MGM Television.  He had two other children from a previous marriage.

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