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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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CN    

This guy was *everywhere* in the '70s and '80s, and pretty much loved by all. RIP, Gary. Hope he's at peace now.

718 days ago
32.

Denver    

Natural causes. Like Whitney Houston....

718 days ago
33.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Poor bastard drank himself to death.


You know it must've been bad when his wife of more than THIRTY YEARS decided to separate from him.


May he rest in peace.

718 days ago
34.

anon    

R.I.P. Mr. Gary Collins.

718 days ago
35.

PT    

Just like TMZ to mention the DUI. Why not mention all the positive things the man did?

718 days ago
36.

Larry    

Natural Causes? If you drink like he did, you WILL naturally die. He was a great guy and may he rest in peace, but there is no need to make the 'natural causes' epilogue.

718 days ago
37.

Ron     

I had the pleasure of knowing him personally and can honestly say the world lost a good and kind person, Rest in Peace Gary and Sorry for your loss Clancy.

718 days ago
38.

StanSki    

He WAS Night Gallery.

718 days ago
39.

MARGETALICA    

rip gary was a great host.

718 days ago
40.

palermo    

All those years together and then alone at the end ... I remember seeing both of them on tv for years, they seemed a happy couple

718 days ago
41.

Woot    

He divorced last year, that's why he died. Single people die sooner. Come on, it's a well-known fact!

Oh well, rest in peace, Gary. He was a good advocate for The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America with his ex-wife. Good peeps.

718 days ago
42.

bring back recent posts    

...drunks wear out........................

718 days ago
43.

Kabala    

I loved him on Hawaii 5-0 as McGarrett - he was so believable.

718 days ago
44.

kafantaris    

Gary Collins was part of that kinder, gentler TV many of us long for.
Nor is our memory of Collins in any way tarnished.
As Abe Lincoln observed, “folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

717 days ago
45.

Barbiegirl2u    

A 74 yr old man dies. A man, a father, a husband and a celebrity passed away. TMZ commits 7 sentences to this event one of which highlights in BOLD BLUE FONT HIS 'WHOMPING' DUI Level from 1 day back in 2008?? Really unnecessary. Really bad taste. #TMZFAIL

717 days ago
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