The legendary television host and actor passed away early Saturday morning in Mississippi

By People Staff
Updated October 13, 2012 01:00 PM
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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 2009.

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.