In the 60's & 70's, he was a dependable character actor and a frequent presence on primetime television. He reinvented himself in the 80's as an MC, winning a new generation of fans. Today, Hollywood mourns the passing of actor-talk show host Gary Collins at 74.
Collins first appeared in the 1965 service comedy-drama, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, which enjoyed a brief revival on cable in the 80's, perhaps to cash in on Collins' gigs as host of the talk show Hour Magazine, and the Miss America Pageant, inheriting the latter gig from Bert Parks. Wackiest Ship lasted just one season, and then Collins resurfaced, co-starring with Dale Robertson in Iron Horse. He finally headlined his own series with the 1972 supernatural drama, The Sixth Sense.
Collins' only other primetime headlining gig was the adaptation of Born Free, which lasted just one season as well. In 1980 came Hour Magazine, a weekday talk show that resurrected Collins' career. After he stepped down as host of the Miss America pageant, Collins gradually stepped away from the spotlight, taking fewer roles.
Ejrigby uploaded the open & close to Sixth Sense:
Rest in peace, Gary.