Stephen Weaver Collins (born October 1, 1947) is an American actor and writer. He is known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2007. Since then, Collins has played the roles of Dayton King on the ABC TV series No Ordinary Family and Gene Porter in the television series Revolution, father of Elizabeth Mitchell's character, Rachel Matheson. Before 7th Heaven, Collins was known for his role as Commander Willard Decker in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Collins in 2014
Stephen Weaver Collins
October 1, 1947
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
(m. 1970; div. 1978)
(m. 1985; div. 2015)
Stephen Collins was born on October 1, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, to mother Madeleine (née Robertson) and father Cyrus Stickney Collins, an airline executive. Collins was raised with his two older brothers in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating cum laude. While at Amherst, he played bass and rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands.
Collins is known for his role as Eric Camden in the television drama series 7th Heaven during the series' run from 1996 to 2007 and for his role as Captain Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. His other notable television credits include Jake Cutter in the cult series Tales of the Gold Monkey and his role in Tattingers, as well as guest appearances in The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, and numerous miniseries and made-for-television movies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work opposite Ann-Margret in the miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and he played John F. Kennedy in the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries. He also played the lead role opposite Lauren Hutton in the made-for-TV movie The Rhinemann Exchange, based on Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.
Collins has co-starred with Diane Keaton in both The First Wives Club (1996) and Because I Said So (2007). He has co-starred with Meredith Baxter in three films, All the President's Men, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, both of which were made-for-television movies broadcast on CBS in 1992.
In the 2010–11 television season, Collins starred in the short-lived ABC series No Ordinary Family. On ABC's Brothers & Sisters, he played a potential love interest for Ron Rifkin's character Saul Holden. Collins appeared in season eight of The Office playing Andy Bernard's father in the episode, "Garden Party".
In 2013, Collins began appearing in the NBC series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, the leader of the town of Willoughby and father of Rachel Matheson (played by Elizabeth Mitchell). and in two episodes of 'Falling Skies' in season three. Collins' recent guest spots include The Fosters, Penance, and Devious Maids.
Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978. In 1985, he married actress Faye Grant, who he had met on the set of Tales of the Gold Monkey in 1982. Together they have a daughter, Kate, who was born in 1989. They separated in 2012, and, after 25 years of marriage, a final divorce decree was issued in January 2015.
Collins is an Episcopalian and a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and has taken part in the advanced TM Yogic Flying technique since 1980. Until October 2014, he was a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research.
Sexual abuse allegations
In October 2014, the New York City Police Department began investigating Collins after an audio tape leaked to the media revealed a male voice—purported to be that of Collins—admitting to past sexual abuse of a minor. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated that Collins had been investigated by the department in 2012 after receiving a claim from 40 years earlier regarding sexual abuse. The LAPD further stated that its investigation did not allow it to "substantiate the allegation" against Collins.
In a December 2014 interview with People magazine, Collins admitted he committed "inappropriate sexual conduct with three female minors" in 1973, 1982, and 1994. A profile by The Washington Post reported that he apologized directly to one of the girls. He has stated that his inappropriate conduct was motivated by arrogance and youth, not pedophilia. To explain his motivation, he spoke about an older woman who repeatedly exposed herself to him when he was between the ages of 10 and 15.
|1975||The Waltons||Todd Clarke||Episode: "The Abdication"|
|1976||Brink's: The Great Robbery||Agent Donald Nash||TV movie|
|1977||The Rhinemann Exchange||David Spaulding||Miniseries|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Steve Carmody||Episode: "Angel Come Home"|
|1980||The Henderson Monster||Pete Casimir||TV movie|
|1981||Great Performances||Morton Fullerton||Episode: "Edith Wharton: Looking Back"|
|Summer Solstice||Young Joshua Turner||TV movie|
|1982||Inside the Third Reich||Karl Hanke|
|Tales of the Gold Monkey||Jake Cutter||Main role (21 episodes)|
|1984||Threesome||Peter Hatten||TV movie|
|Dark Mirror||Jim Eiseley|
|1985||The Hitchhiker||Todd Fields||Episode: "And If We Dream"|
|1986||Hold the Dream||Shane O'Neil||Miniseries|
|1987||The Two Mrs. Grenvilles||Billy Grenville Jr.|
|1988||Weekend War||Captain John Deason||TV movie|
|Tattingers||Nick Tattinger||Main role (13 episodes)|
|1990||Working It Out||David Stuart|
|1991||A Woman Named Jackie||John F. Kennedy||Miniseries|
|1992||A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story||Dan Broderick||TV movie|
|Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter|
|The Disappearance of Nora||Jack Fremont|
|1995||A Family Divided||Roger Billingsley||TV movie|
|Sisters||Gabriel 'Gabe' Sorenson||Recurring role (16 episodes)|
|1996||On Seventh Avenue||Tom Aiken||TV movie|
|The Babysitter's Seduction||Bill Bartrand|
|An Unexpected Family||Sam||TV movie|
|1996–2007||7th Heaven||Rev. Eric Camden||Main role (242 episodes) Directed 3 Episodes|
|1998||An Unexpected Life||Sam||TV movie|
|1999||As Time Runs Out||Dan Carlin|
|Batman Beyond||Tony Maychek/Earthmover (voice)||Episode: "Earthmover"|
|2001||Jumping Ship||Gardener||TV movie|
|2005||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||Qualified for the first tournament|
|2006–2007||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Bruce Mathis||2 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Pierson Bartlett||Episode: "Trade"|
|Every Second Counts||Joe Preston||TV movie|
|2009–2011||Private Practice||The Captain||4 episodes|
|2010||No Ordinary Family||Dayton King||Main cast (20 episodes)|
|Brothers & Sisters||Charlie||Episode: "A Righteous Kiss"|
|2011||The Office||Walter Bernard Sr.||Episode: "Garden Party"|
|2013||Falling Skies||President Benjamin Hathaway||2 episodes|
|Scandal||Reed Wallace||Episode: "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"|
|The Fosters||Rev. Adams||Episode: "I Do"|
|Devious Maids||Philippe Delatour||6 episodes|
|Revolution||Gene Porter||Main role; season 2 (22 episodes)|
|2014||Avengers Assemble||Howard Stark (voice)||Episode: "Thanos Rising"|
|1976||All the President's Men||Hugh W. Sloan Jr.|
|1977||Between the Lines||Michael|
|1978||Fedora||Young Barry Detweiler|
|1979||The Promise||Michael Hillyard|
|Star Trek: The Motion Picture||Captain/Commander Willard Decker|
|1985||Brewster's Millions||Warren Cox|
|1986||On Dangerous Ground||Dr. David Lowell||Alternate title: Choke Canyon|
|Jumpin' Jack Flash||Marty Phillips|
|1989||The Big Picture||Attorney|
|1992||My New Gun||Gerald Bender|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Aaron Paradis|
|1999||Drive Me Crazy||Mr. Maris|
|2003||The Commission||Joseph A. Ball|
|2006||Blood Diamond||Ambassador Walker|
|2007||Because I Said So||Joe Dresden|
|2008||Hole in the Paper Sky||Mr. Benson|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Mr. Harter|
|1993||Sondheim: Putting It Together||Off-Broadway cast recording|
|2005||The Hits of Rick Nelson|
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- "Stephen Collins, former '7th Heaven' actor, under new investigation". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. October 15, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
- "Stephen Collins: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- "Collins, Stephen, 1947–". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
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- "Stephen Collins and Faye Grant Settle Divorce". People. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
- Moraski, Lauren (May 8, 2012). "Stephen Collins and Faye Grant split after 27 years". CBS News. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "Stephen Collins content to be in '7th Heaven'". The Standard-Times. New Bedford, Massachusetts. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 24, 2004. Retrieved January 25, 2001.
- Pool, Bob (June 14, 2003). "Seeking Site for a 'Peace Palace'". Los Angeles Times. p. B24.
- "Committee for Stress-Free Schools: About Us". tmeducation.org. Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Prokupecz, Shimon; Almas, Steve (October 7, 2014). "Source: '7th Heaven' actor subject of molestation allegations". CNN. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Villareal, Yvonne (October 7, 2014). "'7th Heaven' pulled after Stephen Collins molestation allegations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Oldenburg, Ann (December 17, 2014). "Stephen Collins: 'I did something terribly wrong'". USA Today. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Wagner, Meg; Tracy, Thomas; Dillon, Nancy (October 7, 2014). "Stephen Collins, pastor-dad in '7th Heaven,' admits to sexually abusing underage girl, exposing himself to 2 others (audio)". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
- Official website
- Stephen Collins cast bio on The CW
- Stephen Collins on IMDb
- Stephen Collins at the TCM Movie Database
- Stephen Collins at AllMovie
October 31, 2006 – June 5, 2008
| Actor playing King Arthur on Spamalot
June 5, 2008 –
September 14, 2008
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January 11, 2009