Actor and television host Gary Collins died early Saturday morning at a Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The actor had checked into in the medical center less than 24 hours before his death. The coroner’s office for Harrison County pronounced Collins dead just prior to 1:00 a.m.
Collins appeared in many television shows including The Sixth Sense, The New Hollywood Squares, JAG and The Young and the Restless.
Collins is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, who was a former winner of the Miss America Pageant. For quite some time, the couple has lived most of each year in Mississippi. Collins was the host at one time of the Miss America pageant.
Collins ran into some trouble in 2011 after he was accused of not paying for a restaurant tab of less than $60, which is still a felony in Mississippi. The police arrested Collins at his home following the incident, but charges were later dropped.
Collins was also sentenced to 96 hours in jail in 2007 after being involved in a vehicular accident in California. Authorities determined that the driver of the other car in the incident was at fault, but Collins pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Collins hosted a number of different shows on television during the 1980s. Two such shows were Hour Magazine and The Home Show.