Stephen Collins has made the name "Rev. Eric Camden" a popular one among TV fans, by starring on WB's outstanding drama series "7th Heaven". On series television, audiences have seen him in Tattingers, Working It Out, with Jane Curtin, Tales of the Gold Monkey and a stint opposite Sela Ward on the final season of the acclaimed drama Sisters. Collins has starred in eight miniseries, including The Rhineman Exchange, Inside the Third Reich, with John Gielgud and Blythe Danner, Chiefs, Hold the Dream and opposite Ann-Margret in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. He was J.F.K. opposite Roma Downey in A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries, swept Donna Mills off her feet in Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember and played Ashley Wilkes in Scarlett. His 15 television movies include The Betty Broderick Story, opposite Meredith Baxter, The Babysitter's Seduction, with Keri Russell, Summer Solstice, with Henry Fonda and Weekend War. He also starred with Stockard Channing in the acclaimed film An Unexpected Family and its sequel An Unexpected Life. Numerous feature films include The First Wives Club, as Diane Keaton's philandering husband, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Brewster's Millions, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (he was, very briefly, captain of The Enterprise), The Promise, with Kathleen Quinlan and the classic All the President's Men. He and his wife, actress Faye Grant, also co-starred in Drive Me Crazy as the parents of Melissa Joan Hart.
A stage veteran, Collins last appeared opposite Blythe Danner in Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was in the original Broadway production of Michael Weller's Moonchildren with other "unknowns" of the time; James Woods, Christopher Guest and Edward Herrmann. He created roles in original New York productions of Terrence McNally's The Ritz, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, with Sigourney Weaver, and A.R. Gurney's The Old Boy. Collins performed at Lincoln Center in the New York Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth as Macduff opposite Christopher Walken, and was directed by Joseph Papp in Twelfth Night. Collins directed a successful regional production of The Old Boy, as well as several of 7th Heaven's highest-rated episodes.
His play Super Sunday was produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and his first novel, Eye Contact, was a national best-seller for Bantam Books. Collins' second thriller, Double Exposure, was published in 1998 and a short story, Ace's Big Entrance, was recently featured in Good Housekeeping. Another short story, Water Hazard, will be out soon in a collection edited by Otto Penzler. For each of the past five years, Collins has contributed a one-act play to a spring marathon at Los Angeles' Playwrights Express at First Stage in Hollywood. Last year, The Gold Label released Stephen Collins, a CD of classic rock 'n' roll with Collins covering songs by Buddy Holly, Carole King, Dion, Rick Nelson and Elvis, among others. Collins also appears live from time to time with The 7th Band, and they're now at work on a new CD. Collins lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. He was born on 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. His favorite musicians are Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, and his favorite movie is "A Christmas Carol" starring Alastair Sim.
Stephen's Favorite Sport Team is baseball ''The New York Mets''.
He played bass guitar and rhytm guitar in Rock 'n' Roll Bands such as (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, and now with 7th Band.
Stephen Collins and 7th Band have new CD
Stephen Collins & The 7th Band recently played at the International Festival of Trees, and also rocked The House of Blues at a bash for Red Nation. Now, Stephen & The 7th Band are putting the finishing touches on their second CD, a new look at the music of the late Rick Nelson. Stephen and the band cover a dozen songs that Rick made famous, including "Travelin' Man", "It's Late", "Poor Little Fool", and "Lonesome Town". The CD will be released next April. The 7th Band will be returning to 14 Below in Santa Monica soon. Return dates are in the works, and we'll post them as soon as they're definite.
Stephen Collins stars in the highest rated WB program ''7th Heaven''
Stephen is in the middle of production for season 9 of the WB's 7th Heaven. Amazingly, 7th Heaven is still the WB Network's highest rated program this season. This year, 7th Heaven ties The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie as TV's longest running family dramas. Upcoming episodes will feature such actors as Mackenzie Phillips and Wayne Newton. Fans of David Gallagher and Barry Watson will be happy to know that David and Barry are back as Simon and Matt Camden this season. There were rumors that the 2004-2005 season could be the last for 7th Heaven, but after its 8th season, 7th Heaven was still the WB Network's highest rated program. No decision will be made about a possible record-breaking 10th season until this fall, and possibly not until as late as May, 2005. Aaron Carter will also be guest-starring on the show early this season, playing a love interest for...Ruthie.
Stephen Collins releases two new books
Stephen has an essay in the just-released book "If You Had Five Minutes With The President," published by Harper, Collins and edited by Ron Reagan, son of the late president. Celebrities such as Caroline Rhea, Joe Pantoliano, Sean Astin, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Charles Grodin and some fifty others each contributed their fantasy of what they'd say if they had a few minutes alone with the president. Stephen also contributed a piece to a book called "Letters to J.D. Salinger," in which other writers such as W.P. Kinsella, Tom Robbins, and the late George Plimpton offer messages to the reclusive Salinger. "Letters to J.D. Salinger" is published by The University of Wisconsin Press and edited by Chris Kubica and Will Hochman. Both books are available at Amazon.com.
Stephen Collins stars in the new film ''The Commission''
Stephen is one of the stars of Mark Sobel's feature film The Commission, which recently premiered at the 2003 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. The Commission takes us behind the scenes of the Warren Commission, the controversial panel put together to investigate the assassination of JFK. The Commission also stars Martin Sheen, Martin Landau, Ed Asner, Sam Waterston, Joe Don Baker, and Corbin Bernsen. Sobel wrote and directed.
Stephen Collins practices Transcendental Mediation
Stephen has spoken on talk shows such as Rosie and The View about scientific research that shows how Transcendental Meditation (TM) can be a tool to stop terrorism in the world. If you want to hear more about this astonishing research, click here. (By the way, a few people who have heard Stephen talk about this seem to think that TM is a religion, but it's not. People of every religion can do it.)
He offers this TM to all who love peace—and to all who wish to protect their nations against terrorism and war. Knowledge is power. His goal is to empower people everywhere with knowledge that can be used to create peace worldwide—timeless knowledge about the power of consciousness as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and validated thoroughly in scientific research.
This newly verified technology makes use of large groups of peace-creating experts. The inner peace generated by such a peace-creating group radiates into society as an influence of harmony and coherence. The effect can be easily measured as reduced crime, terrorism and war.
“As a father, I urge you to consider this new approach to creating peace. I've seen the research and met the scientists. I wouldn't ask you to give your precious time unless I was sure you'll find the evidence compelling—and wonderfully encouragin,” says Stephen Collins.