Oct. 1st, 1947
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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Stephen Weaver Collins (born October 1, 1947) is an American actor, writer, and singer. He is perhaps best known for playing the role of Eric Camden on the long running television series 7th Heaven and as Dr. Dayton King on the ABC TV series No Ordinary Family. He is in a supporting role in the TV series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, father of Elizabeth Mitchell's character Rachel Matheson.
Collins was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Madeleine (née Robertson) and Cyrus S. Collins, an airline executive. Collins is the great-great-grandson of General James Baird Weaver, the 1880 Greenback Party presidential candidate and the 1892 Populist Party ("People's Party") candidate for president. Collins was raised with his two older brothers in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and attended Amherst College, graduating cum laude.
He played bass guitar and rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands at Amherst, including Tambourine Charlie & The Four Flat Tires, The Naugahyde Revolution (with Jim Steinman, then a fellow student, on keyboards), and The Flower & Vegetable Show (he has played his guitar on 7th Heaven, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and in the 2007 romantic comedy Because I Said So).
Collins' Broadway credits include his 2008 role as King Arthur in Spamalot and prior appearances in Moonchildren, The Ritz, The Loves of Anatol, and No Sex Please, We're British; Off Broadway he appeared opposite 'Sigourney Weaver' in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, as Macduff to Christopher Walken's Macbeth at Lincoln Center, and as husband to 'Julie Andrews' (with whom he shares a birthday) in the Stephen Sondheim revue, Putting It Together at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1993.
As previously mentioned, Collins probably is best known for his role as the Reverend Eric Camden in more than 200 episodes of the television series 7th Heaven, though he also notably portrayed Captain/Commander Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Reverend Camden's wife, Annie, is played by fellow Star Trek alum 'Catherine Hicks' (she played Dr. Gillian Taylor in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
Additional television credits include starring roles in Tales of the Gold Monkey and Tattingers, as well as guest appearances in The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, and numerous miniseries and made-for-television movies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work opposite Ann-Margret in the minseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and he played John F. Kennedy in the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries.
Collins and his 7th Heaven co-star 'Beverley Mitchell' are the only two original cast members to appear in every single episode. Collins has co-starred with 'Diane Keaton' in two movies: The First Wives Club (1996) and Because I Said So (2007).
Collins appears as a series regular in the ABC series No Ordinary Family. Collins also appeared as a potential love interest/boyfriend for Ron Rifkin's character Saul Holden, on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, in fall of 2010.
Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978. He married actress 'Faye Grant' (April 21, 1985) and they have a daughter, Kate (born in 1989). Collins filed for divorce from Grant (May 7, 2012).
He is an Episcopalian. He is also a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and has engaged in the advanced Yogic Flying technique since 1980. He is a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research.
- He and wife 'Faye Grant' (qv) have a daughter named Kate (born 1989).
- Reverend Eric Camden, Collins's character on _"7th Heaven" (1996)_ (qv), was ranked #11 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- While attending Amherst College, he was an active member of their (mainly a cappella) choral group, the Zumbyes (Class of 1969). In 1968, on a yearly LP released by the group, he was the featured singer (as Steve Collins) on "California Dreaming." Also in the group at that time, singing bass, was Dave Eisenhower (Class of 1970). Eisenhower was the grandson of the former President, and soon-to-be son-in-law to the next President, Richard M. Nixon, who had been Vice President to his grandfather.
- Graduated from Hastings High School, in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. In 2003, he was the guest speaker at the high school graduation.
- His wife 'Faye Grant' (qv) is an actress. One of her roles was the character 'Rhonda Blake' in the series _"The Greatest American Hero" (1981)_ (qv).
- Starred in _Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)_ (qv). His _"7th Heaven" (1996)_ (qv) television series co-star 'Catherine Hicks' (qv), starred in _Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)_ (qv).
- He is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.
- Said in an interview that he felt very much like an outsider during the filming of _Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)_ (qv), where he played Commander Will Decker, a feeling that he actually tried to capitalize on in his characterization of Decker.