Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Actor Gary Collins dies at 74

Television host and actor Gary Collins died in the wee hours of Saturday, October 13, in Biloxi, Mississippi, of natural causes at the age of 74.


Actor Gary Collins dies at 74 (© AP)

Collins was admitted to the Biloxi Regional Medical Center less than 24 hours before he was pronounced dead at 12:56 a.m., Brian Switzer, the deputy coroner at the Harrison County Coroner's Office, said.

He starred in the 1970s TV series ‘The Sixth Sense’ and appeared in other series including ‘JAG,’ ‘Yes, Dear’ and ‘The Young and the Restless.’ He also appeared in ‘The New Hollywood Squares’ game show.

The late actor is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, a former Miss America from Brandon, Mississippi. Collins had been a host of the Miss America pageant from 1982 to 1990.

In January 2011, he was accused of skipping out on a $59.35 restaurant tab in Biloxi, which is a felony in Mississippi. Those charges were later dropped but not before Collins was arrested after the restaurant's employees called the police.

In 2007, Collins was sentenced to four days in jail as the result of a car wreck in California. Police blamed the accident on the driver of the other car, though Collins pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

In the 1980s, he hosted talk shows like ‘Hour Magazine’ and ‘The Home Show’.

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