American actor Stephen Collins was born on October 1, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa. As a student of Amherst College, he played bass guitar and rhythm guitar for several bands. He eventually graduated with cum laude honors. He started acting for the screen in 1974, when he took on a supporting role in the television movie The Michele Lee Show. He has played guest roles in many television shows, including The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Good Heavens, Great Performances and Charlie’s Angels. He also starred in a number of movies, including All the President’s Men, The Promise, Loving Couples and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Collins snagged his first regular television role in 1982, when he signed on for the lead in Tales of the Gold Monkey. His character, Jake Cutter, is a former pilot who now owns a cargo delivery service. Despite being well received, it did not last beyond a season, partly because of expensive production costs. His next starring role was in the short-lived series Tattingers, where he played a co-owner of a posh Manhattan restaurant who is having a second go at running it. The program failed in the ratings and was quickly cancelled, although NBC relaunched it as the sitcom Nick & Hillary, which was cancelled after two episodes.
After a role in the final season of the drama series Sisters, Collins took on what is perhaps his most memorable television role. In the long-running family drama 7th Heaven, he plays the head of the family, Eric Camden, an involved church pastor who deals with the problems of the members of the community, as well as the members of his own family. The series lasted for 11 seasons, and was well received by audiences and critics.
Collins also acted for the stage, appearing in Broadway productions such as The Ritz, No Sex Please, We’re British, and most recently, Spamalot. He has also written two novels, both released in the 1990s.
When 7th Heaven ended, he continued his career on television. In 2006, he starred on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He followed it up with a role on Brothers & Sisters and Private Practice. In 2010, he starred as Dr. Dayton King on No Ordinary Family.
- He is married to actress Faye Grant.
- He has written two novels: Eye Contact and Double Exposure.
- He is a graduate of Hastings High School, in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. In 2003, he was the guest speaker at the high school graduation.
- A lover of classical rock, he is also a songwriter and guitarist.
2012: The Three Stooges - Mr. Harter
2010-2011: No Ordinary Family (TV series) - Dr. Dayton King
2009-2011: Private Practice (TV series) - The Captain
2010: Brothers & Sisters (TV series) - Charlie
2008: Every Second Counts (TV movie) - Joe Preston
2008: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Pierson Bartlett
2008: Hole in the Paper Sky (short) - Mr. Benson
2006-2007: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV series) - Bruce Mathis
1996-2007: 7th Heaven (TV series) - Rev. Eric Camden
2007: Because I Said So - Joe
2006: Blood Diamond - Ambassador Walker
2003: The Commission - Joseph A. Ball
2001: State of Grace (TV series) - Norris Sinclair
2000: Code Blue (Video Game) - Dr. Matt Clark
1999: As Time Runs Out (TV movie) - Dan Carlin
1999: Batman Beyond (TV series) - Earth Mover/Tony Maychek
1999: Drive Me Crazy - Mr. Maris
1998: An Unexpected Life (TV movie) - Sam Sadwich
1996: An Unexpected Family (TV movie) - Sam
1996: The First Wives Club - Aaron Paradis
1996: On Seventh Avenue (TV movie) - Tom Aiken
1995-1996: Sisters (TV series) - Dr. Gabriel 'Gabe' Sorenson
1996: The Babysitter's Seduction (TV movie) - Bill Bartrand
1996: For Love Alone: The Ivana Trump Story (TV movie) - Adam Graham
1995: A Family Divided (TV movie) - Roger Billingsley
1994: Scarlett (TV mini-series) - Ashley Wilkes
1993: Remember (TV movie) - Clee Donovan
1993: The Disappearance of Nora (TV movie) - Jack Fremont
1992: Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (TV movie) - Dan Broderick
1992: My New Gun - Gerald Bender
1992: A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (TV movie) - Dan Broderick
1991: A Woman Named Jackie (TV mini-series) - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1990: Working It Out (TV series) - David Stuart
1990: Stella - Stephen Dallas
1988-1989: Tattingers (TV series) - Nick Tattinger
1989: The Big Picture - Attorney
1988: Weekend War (TV movie) - Capt. John Deason
1987: The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV movie) - Billy Grenville Jr.
1986: Hold the Dream (TV movie) - Shane O'Neill
1986: Jumpin' Jack Flash - Marty Phillips
1986: Choke Canyon - Dr. David Lowell
1985: George Burns Comedy Week (TV series)
1985: Brewster's Millions - Warren Cox
1985: The Hitchhiker (TV series) - Todd Fields
1984: Threesome (TV movie) - Peter Hatten
1984: Dark Mirror (TV movie) - Dr. Jim Eiseley
1983: Chiefs (TV mini-series) - Billy Lee
1982-1983: Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV series) - Jake Cutter
1982: Inside the Third Reich (TV movie) - Karl Hanke
1981: Summer Solstice (TV movie) - Josh
1981: Great Performances (TV series) - Morton Fullerton
1981: Sherlock Holmes (TV movie) - Larrabee
1980: Loving Couples - Greg Plunkett
1980: The Henderson Monster (TV movie) - Pete Casimir
1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Cmdr. Willard Decker
1979: The Promise - Michael Hillyard
1978: Charlie's Angels (TV series) - Steve Carmody
1978: Fedora - Young Barry
1977: Between the Lines - Michael
1977: The Rhinemann Exchange (TV mini-series) - David Spaulding
1976: Good Heavens (TV series) - Dr. Bramley
1976: All the President's Men - Hugh Sloan
1976: Brinks: The Great Robbery (TV movie) - Agent Donald Nash
1976: Jigsaw John (TV series) - Elliott Lacey
1975: Barnaby Jones (TV series) - Todd Ballinger
1975: The Waltons (TV series) - Todd Clarke
1974: The Michele Lee Show (TV movie) - Dr. Steven Mayhill