Gary Collins, TV actor and Miss America host, dies at 74
Gary Collins, Miss America host and TV actor who appeared in "The Love Boat" and "Charlie's Angels," has died at 74.
Collins died of natural causes at 12:56 a.m. on October 13, after he was brought to the Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Mississippi, a coroner confirmed to the Associated Press.
In the 1980's, Collins hosted the Miss American pageant and the TV series, "Hour Magazine." He has appeared on the small screen since the 1960's, in series like "The Wackiest Ship in the Army," "Iron Horse," "The Sixth Sense," "Born Free," "Love Boat" and "Charlie's Angels."
Collins was nominated for six Emmy Awards and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Collins was married to former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, from 1967 until his death, but the two separated in 2011. He leaves behind Mobley and three children - their daughter Mary Clancy Collins and two children from his first marriage to Susan Peterson - Guy Williams and Melissa.
The legendary host had several run-ins with the law in his later years. In 2008, he served four days in jail for his second DUI conviction. His first DUI arrest occurred in January 2009, after he was pulled over driving a motor home in Santa Barbara, Calif.
In 2010, Collins was charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of a traffic accident.
Last year, a Harrison County judge dismissed charges against Collins for allegedly leaving a Biloxi restaurant without paying his bill of $59.35, after a restaurant employee asked to with draw his complaint in the case.