Gary Collins, a familiar TV figure throughout the '80s as both an actor and show host, died early Saturday. He was 74.
Collins succumbed to natural causes just before 1 a.m. Saturday in Biloxi, Miss., Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells TMZ
. He lived in Biloxi and died in the hospital, according to The New York Times
In addition to leading roles in three short-lived TV series, including The Wackiest Ship in the Army
, Collins, with his all-Amercan looks, made a number of guest appearances on such successful shows as Perry Mason
, The Six Million Dollar Man
, The Love Boat
and Charlie's Angels
He became best known as the host of the syndicated Hour Magazine
– for which he won an Emmy in 1983 – as well as The Home Show
Collins also emceed the Miss America Pageant from 1982-1990 – and married a former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, though they had separated last year. The couple wed in 1967 and have one daughter together, Mary Clancy.
Collins had a number of run-ins
with the law in recent years, including a DUI conviction
In addition to Mobley and their daughter, he is also survived by his two other children, Guy William and Melissa, from a previous marriage to Susan Peterson.