Television audiences are familiar with his work as Sela Ward's love interest in the critically acclaimed drama series "Sisters." He also starred in the series Tattingers, Working It Out and Tales of the Gold Monkey, and in eight television miniseries, including The Rhineman Exchange, Inside the Third Reich, Chiefs, Hold the Dream and opposite Ann-Margret in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. He played J.F.K. in A Woman Named Jackie, which won an Emmy for Best Miniseries; swept Donna Mills off her feet in Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember and was Ashley Wilkes in Scarlett.
He starred in 15 television movies, including The Babysitter's Seduction opposite Keri Russell, The Betty Broderick Story, Summer Solstice with Henry Fonda and Weekend War. He also starred opposite Stockard Channing in two critically acclaimed films, An Unexpected Family and its sequel, An Unexpected Life.
Collins took his love of acting in front of the camera to behind it to direct three of 7th Heaven's highest-rated episodes.
His numerous feature film credits include The First Wives Club, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Brewster's Millions, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Promise, and the classic All the President's Men. He recently co-starred with his wife, actress Faye Grant, in the feature film Drive Me Crazy portraying a once married couple and the parents of Melissa Joan Hart.
No stranger to the stage, Collins recently appeared opposite Blythe Danner in Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has also starred in the original Broadway productions of Michael Weller's Moonchildren, Terrence McNally's The Ritz, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy and A.R. Gurney's The Old Boy. He performed in the New York Shakespeare Festival in Macbeth opposite Christopher Walken, and was directed by Joseph Papp in Twelfth Night. Collins also directed a successful regional production of The Old Boy.
Also an accomplished writer, his play Super Sunday was produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Collins' first novel, Eye Contact was a national best seller and his second, Double Exposure, published in 1998, is now out in paperback. His short story, Water Hazard, will be published soon by New Millennium Books.
Collins lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.
Born October 1st in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. After graduating from Hastings High School, Stephen went to Amherst College and graduated cum laude.
Favorite Musicians: Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson
Favorite Movie: "A Christmas Carol" starring Alastair Sim
Favorite Color: apricot-peach
Favorite Sport/Team: Baseball/New York Mets
Batting Average at Hastings High School: .143
Batting Average on "Star Trek - The Motion Picture" Softball Team: .301
Rock 'n' Roll Bands Played In: (at Amherst College) Tambourine Charlie & The Four Flat Tires, The Naugahyde Revolution, The Flower & Vegetable Show, (at Hastings High) The Housemen, The Mustangs, The Trolls.
Instruments: bass guitar, rhythm guitar.
"Drive Me Crazy" with Melissa Joan Hart and Faye Grant. ('99)
"First Wives Club" directed by Hugh Wilson, opposite Diane Keaton. ('97)
"My New Gun" directed by Stacy Cochran, with Diane Lane, James LeGros. (Cannes Film Festival '92)
"Stella" directed by John Erman, opposite Bette Midler. ('90)
"The Big Picture" directed by Christopher Guest. ('87)
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" directed by Penny Marshall, opposite Whoopi Goldberg. ('84)
"Brewster's Millions" directed by Walter Hill, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. ('83)
"Choke Canyon" directed by Chuck Bail. ('83)
"Loving Couples" directed by Jack Smight, opposite Shirley MacLaine and Susan Sarandon. ('80)
"Star Trek - The Motion Picture" directed by Robert Wise. ('79)
"The Promise" directed by Gilbert Cates, opposite Kathleen Quinlan. ('79)
"Between The Lines" directed by Joan Micklin Silver, with Jeff Goldblum, John Heard, Bruno Kirby, Lindsay Crouse, Jill Eikenberry. ('77)
"Fedora" directed by Billy Wilder, opposite Marthe Keller. ('77)
"All The President's Men" directed by Alan J. Pakula, role of Hugh Sloan. ('76)
TELEVISION Starred in all of the following:
"7th Heaven" (WB) opposite Catherine Hicks. ('96-present)
"Sisters" (NBC) role of Dr. Gabriel Sorenson opposite Sela Ward. ('95-'96)
"Working It Out" (NBC) opposite Jane Curtin. ('90-'91)
"Tattinger's" (NBC) opposite Blythe Danner. ('87-'88)
"Tales of The Gold Monkey" (ABC) starred. ('81-'82)
"Scarlett" (CBS) directed by John Erman, role of Ashley Wilkes. ('94)
"Remember" (CBS) opposite Donna Mills. ('93)
"A Woman Named Jackie" (NBC) Role of JFK; Emmy/Best Miniseries. ('92)
"The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (Emmy nomination) (NBC) directed by John Erman, opposite Ann-Margret and Claudette Colbert. ('87)
"Hold The Dream" (OPT) with Jenny Seagrove, Liam Neeson, and Deborah Kerr. ('86)
"Chiefs" (CBS) w/Keith Carradine, Billy Dee Williams, Charlton Heston. ('82)
"Inside The Third Reich" (ABC) with Rutger Hauer, Blythe Danner, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Derek Jacobi. ('81)
"The Rhinemann Exchange" (NBC) directed by Burt Kennedy, with Lauren Hutton, John Huston, Josť Ferrer, Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Larry Hagman. ('76)
"As Time Runs Out" (CBS) directed by Jerry London, co-starred with Karen Sillas. ('99)
"An Unexpected Life" (USA) directed by David Jones, co-starred with Stockard Channing and Elaine Stritch. ('98)
"An Unexpected Family" (USA) directed by Larry Ellikan, opposite Stockard Channing. ('97)
"For Love Alone" (CBS) directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. ('96)
"The Babysitter's Seduction" (NBC) opposite Keri Russell. ('96)
"The Disappearance of Nora" (CBS) directed by Joyce Chopra, opposite Veronica Hamel. ('93)
"The Betty Broderick Story" (CBS) with Meredith Baxter (top rated TV film '91-2)
"Weekend War" (ABC) with Daniel Stern, Charles Haid. ('86)
"Threesome" (CBS) opposite Deborah Raffin. ('83)
"The Dark Mirror" (ABC) opposite Jane Seymour. ('82)
"Sherlock Holmes" (HBO) version of Williamstown Theatre production. ('82)
"Edith Wharton: Looking Back" (PBS) Great Performances, by Steve Lawson, opposite Kathleen Widdoes. ('81)
"Summer Solstice" (ABC) with Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy, Lindsay Crouse. ('80)
"The Henderson Monster" (CBS) opposite Christine Lahti. ('79)
"Brinks: The Great Robbery" (ABC) with Leslie Nielsen. ('76)
TV Guest Appearances:
"The Hitchhiker" (HBO) directed by Mai Zetterling. ('84)
"Charlie's Angels" (ABC) opposite Farrah Fawcett-Majors; "Angel on Fire" episode. ('78)
"The Best of Families" (PBS) with William Hurt & Sigourney Weaver. ('78)
"Barnaby Jones" (CBS) with Buddy Ebsen. ('76)
"Jigsaw John" (NBC) with Jack Warden and John Rubinstein. ('76)
"Good Heavens" directed by Carl Reiner, opposite Sandy Duncan. ('76)
"The Waltons" (CBS) directed by Harvey Laidman. ('75)
"The Michelle Lee Show" a pilot (CBS) directed by Peter Baldwin. ('72)
"The Loves of Anatol" directed by Ellis Rabb, role of Anatol. ('85)
"Censored Scenes From King Kong" with Peter Riegert, Carrie Fisher. ('80)
"The Ritz" (original production), by Terrence McNally, with Rita Moreno. ('75)
"No Sex, Please, We're British" directed by Christopher Hewitt, with Tony Tanner. ('73)
"Moonchildren" (original production) by Michael Weller, with James Woods, Christopher Guest, Edward Herrmann, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Robert Prosky. ('72)
"Putting It Together" (American premiere) a musical by Stephen Sondheim, opposite Julie Andrews, and with Christopher Durang, Rachel York, and Michael Rupert. ('94)
"The Old Boy" (original production) by A.R. Gurney, directed by John Rubinstein. ('91)
"Love Letters" opposite Swoosie Kurtz and also Jane Curtin. ('90)
"Beyond Therapy" (original production) by Christopher Durang, opposite Sigourney Weaver. ('80)
N.Y. Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre:
"One of The Guys" (original production) by Marilyn Suzanne Miller, with Wayne Knight, directed by Arthur Penn. ('90)
"Twelfth Night" (role of Orsino) with Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gregory Hines, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in New York's Central Park, directed by Harold Guskin. ('89)
"The Last Days of British Honduras" (original production) by Ronald Tavel, with Dan Hedaya. ('74)
"Macbeth" (role of Macduff) with Christopher Walken at Lincoln Center. ('73)
"More Than You Deserve" (original production) a musical by Jim Steinman & Michael Weller, with Mary Beth Hurt, Meat Loaf, Ron Silver, Graham Jarvis, Kathleen Widdoes. ('72-3)
"Twelfth Night" (role of Valentine) directed by Joseph Papp, with Charles Durning, Ralph Waite, Barbara Barrie. ('69)
Williamstown Theater Festival:
"The Crucible" directed by Nikos Psacharopoulos, with James Naughton, Maria Tucci. ('88)
"The Rover" directed by John Rubinstein with Christopher Reeve, Faye Grant, Kate Burton, Edward Herrmann, Anne Reinking. ('88)
"The Three Sisters" directed by Nikos Psacharapoulo, with Christopher Walken, Amy Irving, John Heard, Rob Lowe, Kate Burton. ('87)
"Sherlock Holmes" directed by Peter Hunt, with Frank Langella, Christian Slater. ('81)
"Cyrano de Bergerac" (role of Christian) directed by Nikos Psacharapoulos, with Frank Langella. ('80)
BAM Theatre Company (at the Brooklyn Academy of Music):
"The Play's the Thing" directed by Frank Dunlop, with Austin Pendleton, Carole Shelley, Kurt Kaszner. ('78)
"The New York Idea" directed by Frank Dunlop, with Blythe Danner, Rene Auberjonois, Rosemary Harris, Denholm Elliot. ('77)
"The Three Sisters" directed by Frank Dunlop, with Rosemary Harris, Ellen Burstyn, Tovah Feldshuh, Barnard Hughes, Austin Pendleton, Denholm Elliot, Rene Auberjonois, Margaret Hamilton, Stuart Pankin, Rex Robbins. ('77)
Summer Stock and Touring:
"1776" directed by Eddie Roll, Pocono Playhouse, Elitch's Theatre, and Central City Opera House (Central City, Colorado) with Charles Murphy and Susan Long. ('72)
"Forty Carats" directed by Abe Burrows, produced by David Merrick, 1st National Company, starring Barbara Rush. ('69-'70)
"The National Lampoon Radio Hour" - "Hollywood Superstars' Gay Alliance" with Christopher Guest, Chevy Chase and John Belushi.
"7th Heaven" - "Paranoia" episode, aired February 22nd. ('99)
"7th Heaven" - "Nothing Endures But Change" episode, aired March 2nd. ('98)
"The Old Boy" a revised version of the play by A.R. Gurney, at the Phoenix Theatre, Purchase, New York, with Jay O. Sanders and Maryann Plunkett. ('92)
Scenes from "The Giant Joshua" at the Sundance Film Institute. ('80)
"Double Exposure" a novel published by William Morrow, May, '98 (hardcover).
"Eye Contact" a novel published by Bantam, July, '94 (hardcover) and May, '95 (paperback).
"Super Sunday" a play produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Paul Benedict. Starred James Naughton, Faye Grant, Marilu Henner, and George Wendt. ('88)