Actor and Miss America Host Gary Collins Dead at 74

By ABC News

Oct 15, 2012 11:33am
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Actor and TV personality Gary Collins died Saturday of natural causes in Biloxi, Miss., according to The New York Times. He was 74.

Collins had numerous TV credits to his name, including the 1960s series “The Wackiest Ship in the Army” and “Iron Horse,” and the 1970s shows “The Sixth Sense,” “Love, American Style” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

Most recently, he made an appearance on the short-lived ABC drama “Dirty Sexy Money” in 2009.

Collins’ film credits included the 1970 disaster drama “Airport,” which earned n best-picture Oscar nomination.

Collins is also remembered for serving as emcee of the Miss America pageant from 1982 to 1990. In addition, he hosted the afternoon talk shows “Hour Magazine” and “The Home Show.” He won a Daytime Emmy for his work on “Hour Magazine,” which aired from 1980 to 1988.

Collins married former Miss America winner Mary Ann Mobley in 1967. They separated in 2010.

Collins made headlines in recent years for various brushes with the law, including a couple of DUI convictions.

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