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TV Legend Gary Collins Busted for DUI Smash Up

10/24/2007 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that legendary TV host and actor Gary Collins, 69, was arrested in an L.A. suburb last night on suspicion of drunk driving after sources say his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit.
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Witnesses tell TMZ Collins was driving his black Ford Explorer northbound on Kester Ave. in Sherman Oaks, Calif. around 5:30 PM when he slammed into a blue Toyota driven by an 80-year-old man that was making a left southbound onto Kester Ave. A witness says that Collins was traveling at least 60 mph when he slammed into the Toyota, causing the car to spin around into oncoming traffic. The collision caused Collins' Explorer to lose control and travel into oncoming traffic, where he smashed into two cars parked on the other side of the street.

Witnesses tell us the driver of the Toyota was rendered unconscious, and had to be pulled out of the back passenger door by paramedics who arrived on scene, and was transported to the hospital.

According to witnesses, Collins said he needed to leave the scene, but he was told by bystanders that he should stay, as someone was seriously injured and he could be charged with hit and run. Paging Orlando Bloom!

When police arrived, we're told Collins was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Cops tried to get Collins to perform a Breathalyzer test -- we're told four times -- but Collins claimed he was hard of hearing and unable to understand officers' instructions. After the fourth time, a witness tells us cops were exasperated with Collins' cagey behavior and arrested him, placing him in the back of a police cruiser. We're told "you could smell [Collins] from five feet away." Cops then administered a blood alcohol test at the station.

Collins was booked into the Van Nuys Jail, and according to the L.A. Sheriff's Department website, was released last night just before midnight on $40,000 bail.

Celeb Mugshots -- click to launchGary is currently hosting "Now Playing with Gary Collins" on Comcast Cable's Retirement Living TV, featuring experts in gerontology and senior lifestyles. Collins is best known for his work as the Emmy-winning host of "Hour Magazine" and "The Home Show."

Collins was arrested in Mississippi in 2002 for DUI, but was found not guilty of the charges. Collins and wife Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America of 1959, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary next month.

This just in: Gary was also cited by the Fashion Police!

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Damn, Hollywood celebritiy's seems to be trying to kill all of us "regular folks"! WTF!!!!

2463 days ago


Now he's got "street cred".

2463 days ago


Not only did this man interview me on Hour Magazine when I was 11 year old, but he was driving down my street too.. what a trip.

I am a mad drinker, but I never drink and drive.. will anyone ever learn?

2463 days ago

Gary Collins hosted 'The Home Show' (aka 'Home') on ABC Daytime. This was the show that once started off ABC's 11AM (ET/PT) 'The View' time slot. It was cancelled for 'The Mike & Maty Show' (aka 'Mike & Maty') and that was cancelled for 'Carolyn & Marilyn: Real Friends' (aka 'Carolyn & Marilyn'). That show was cancelled for awful, awful, HORRIBLE 'The View'. Personally, I *loved* 'Home'. He hosted w/ a number of beautiful younger (!) celebrity women. Yeah, so, that's who Gary Collins is. You can check out his IMDb listing for more credits. He was on 'Love, American Style'. lol Then again, so were sooooo many other now-washed-up celebrities!

2463 days ago


wheres his socks!

2463 days ago


Sherman Oaks is not a suburb. It is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley, near where the 101/405 intersect.

2463 days ago

I laugh at other's misfortunes    

Nice Magnum P.I. shorts Gary. Could they BE any shorter? Have fun in rehab during your celebrity justice time off.

2463 days ago

Julie G.    

Forget this, I am tired of TMZ. com announcements aboutr celebrities who got DUI or what ever it is!!! Will you TMZ. com stop working today and get your butt off to go to San Diego help the people and animals!! 500,000 needs us!!! Much more such as up to 700,000 as in what firefighter stated on T.V will lose everything. You have lots of money than we do! The Fire fighter chief also announced its goint to be much worse today with wind shifting to stronger level. PLEASE you all read the articles on San Diego craigs' list - click on pet then look for the title called "Pet in dangers" as fire fighters working with people and animals.. Real photos of what is happening this moment!!!

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I live on Kester Ave. in Sherman Oaks. The speed limit there is 35 mph. Going 60 mph through that area is just ridiculous, drunk or not! No wonder it was so bad.

2463 days ago


#1 Brad--you are one sad person. So--you think you are NOT a loser because you are first on TMZ? Yikes. Get busy, buddy. Make a life for yourself.

2463 days ago

kim suck    

hope he is alright!

2463 days ago

Johan Quincy    

This is really too bad. I really enjoyed watching him on Retirement Living TV!!! It was nice to see someone my own age interviewing people I've heard of.

2463 days ago

He's Boring now    

Southern California is ablaze and this guy is out drinking all day. Uh, I dont think he will be a spokesperson in the very near future for any of those Old Peoples Investment/Medical/Insurance Products he has been making a living off of since his "acting" career went away.

No way Corporate America nor savvy consumers will stand for an aged drunken man speeding recklessly endangering innocent people to entrust their money with those firms he has been touting.

This nutjob has obviously been a regular drunk driver for many many years----drinking in the middle of the day and than driving with confidence at those kind of speeds---he just hasnt been caught until now.

Lawsuits will be many given the damage and injuries and a quasi important name attached to their cause.

Uh, see you later Gary, you had a nice trusting voice, but your real life is obviously in shambles. No company will have your name next to their own ever again.

Now go get a real job and sober up

2463 days ago

how dumb    

to #59 - I am not ridiculous, nor am I racist. I am simply telling you WHY people make so many racist comments on here. sorry, but people DO judge a book by its cover. And frankly, when I hear someone talk ghetto, such as "take dat" and "betches"... along with a lot of the other ghetto sounding comments I read on here, I immediately lose respect for ANYTHING that person might have to say.

You don't get far in life talking ghetto, and you don't get any respect either. I get very bothered by many of the racial slurs put on this site, but I am trying to tell you. People are making them because of how people present themselves. If you TALK GHETTO, people will think you ARE GHETTO. Fact of life.

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