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Gary Collins

Dead at 74

10/13/2012 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gary Collins
, a legendary TV actor and host, died early this morning in Biloxi, MS at the age of 74.

Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells TMZ he passed of natural causes just before 1:00 AM at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

Collins' resumé is a mile long ... having appeared on episodes of such hit shows as "Fantasy Island," "Charlie's Angels," "Alice," "The Love Boat," "Police Story" ... the list goes on. 

Collins was also known for hosting the talk show "Hour Magazine" and from 1980-1988 and hosted the Miss America Pageant from 1985-1989.

He married former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley in 1967 and the couple had one child together. They separated last year.

Collins also had two children from a previous marriage.

Over the last few years, Collins had several run-ins with the law, including a DUI arrest where his blood alcohol level was a whopping .29.

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Vince    

The airplane ****pit from AIRPORT is now empty having lost both Barry Nelson and Dean Martin some years back. Good man

650 days ago
17.

mike d    

Nice that they threw in the "booze" and recent trouble.
Time for new blood in reporting.

650 days ago
18.

stu    

MEN (esp the old) clean ur dentures!!!
Something tells me it was liver failure w/ good old party Gary.

650 days ago
19.

Joybubble55    

RIP

650 days ago
20.

steve    

If it wasn't for TMZ reporting every one of his brushes with the law over the last few years, most people probably would have forgotten who he was.

650 days ago
21.

marymac    

Condolences to Mary Ann & family... they were such the beautiful couple.

650 days ago
22.

Gretel    

I remember him. He had a TV show that my mother used to watch. He had a squeaky clean image on TV and ended up being a drunk womanizer or something. RIP Gary.

650 days ago
23.

Obbop    

Who?

650 days ago
24.

smorbie    

At the end let's remember and celebrate the good, and let the bad be in the past. Rest in peace. My prayers go out to his family.

650 days ago
25.

Lindy    

I remember watching him on tv. Sorry to hear about his troubles later in life.

RIP Gary

650 days ago
26.

Situasian    

"That's Incredible"

650 days ago
27.

♥TMZ but ...    

he was always such a handsome man

650 days ago
28.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Looking at his picture all I can think is why do people with money cheap out on dentures?

650 days ago
29.

LiLo's boy toy    

I remember the name and face but not what he did. RIP.

650 days ago
30.

gutsygirl    

Could have done without your last sentence, TMZ. It's called respecting the dead.

650 days ago
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