Stephen Weaver Collins (born October 1, 1947) is an American actor, writer, director, and musician,[2] best known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. He is also known for the roles of Captain Will Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and as Dr. Dayton King on the short-lived ABC TV series No Ordinary Family. He also appeared in a supporting role in the TV series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, father of Elizabeth Mitchell's character Rachel Matheson.

Early life

Collins was born on October 1, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Madeleine (née Robertson) and Cyrus Stickney Collins, an airline executive.[3][4] 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.


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 in the Stephen Sondheim revue, Putting It Together at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1993.

Collins is probably best known for his role as Eric Camden in the television drama series 7th Heaven. He is also known for portraying captain/commander Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Other notable television credits include Jake Cutter in the cult favorite 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 miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and he played John F. Kennedy in the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries. He also played the lead role opposite Lauren Hutton in the made-for-TV movie The Rhinemann Exchange, based on Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.

Collins has co-starred with Diane Keaton in two movies: The First Wives Club (1996) and Because I Said So (2007). He has co-starred with Meredith Baxter in three films, All the President's Men, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, and Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, the latter two being made-for-TV movies broadcast on CBS in 1992.

In the 2010–11 television season, Collins starred in the short-lived ABC series No Ordinary Family.[5] He also appeared as a potential love interest for Ron Rifkin's character Saul Holden, on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, in fall of 2010. He also appeared in season eight of The Office playing Andy Bernard's dad in the episode "Garden Party".[6]

In 2013, Collins began appearing in the NBC series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, the leader of the town of Willoughby and father of Rachel Matheson (played by Elizabeth Mitchell).

Personal life

Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978.[7][8] He married actress Faye Grant in 1985. They had a daughter, Kate, in 1989. Collins filed for divorce from Grant in 2012.[9] The divorce was finalized in January 2015.[10]

Collins is an Episcopalian[11] as well as a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and has taken part in the advanced TM Yogic Flying technique since 1980.[2] Until October 2014, he had been a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research.[2]

Sexual abuse allegations

In October 2014, the New York City Police Department began investigating Collins after an audio tape leaked to the media revealed a male voice—purported to be that of Collins—admitting to past sexual abuse of a minor. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated Collins had been investigated by the department in 2012 after receiving a claim from 40 years earlier regarding sexual abuse. The LAPD further stated their investigation did not allow them to "substantiate the allegation."[2][2][16]

In a December 2014 interview with People magazine, Collins admitted he had "inappropriate sexual conduct with three female minors" in 1973, 1982, and 1994.[2][2][2]



1975The WaltonsN/AEpisode: "The Abdication"
1976Brinks: The Great RobberyAgent Donald Nash
1977The Rhinemann ExchangeDavid SpauldingMiniseries
1978Charlie's AngelsN/AAngel Come Home
1980The Henderson MonsterPete Casimir
1981Looking BackMorton Fullerton
1981Summer SolsticeYoung Joshua Turner
1982Inside the Third ReichKarl Hanke
1982Tales of the Gold MonkeyJake Cutter
1983ChiefsBilly LeeMiniseries
1984ThreesomePeter Hatten
1984Dark MirrorDr. Jim Eiseley
1985The HitchhikerTodd FieldsEpisode: And If We Dream
1986Hold the DreamShane O'Neil
1987The Two Mrs. GrenvillesBilly Grenville Jr.
1988Weekend WarCaptain John Deason
1989TattingersNick Tattinger
1990Working It OutDavid Stuart
1991A Woman Named JackieJohn F. KennedyMiniseries
1992A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick StoryDan Broderick
1992Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last ChapterDan Broderick
1992My New GunGerald Bender
1993RememberClee Donovan
1993The Disappearance of NoraJack Fremont
1994ScarlettAshley WilkesMiniseries
1995A Family DividedRoger Billingsley
1995–1996SistersDr. Gabriel 'Gabe' Sorenson
1996On Seventh AvenueTom Aiken
1996The Babysitter's SeductionBill Bartrand
1996–20077th HeavenEric Camden
1996An Unexpected FamilySam
1998An Unexpected LifeSam
1999As Time Runs OutDan Carlin
1999Batman BeyondTony Maychek
2001Jumping ShipGardener
2005Celebrity Poker ShowdownHimselfQualified for the first tournament
2006It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaBruce Mathis
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPierson BartlettEpisode: "Trade"
2008Every Second CountsJoe Preston
2009–2011Private PracticeThe Captain4 Episodes
2010No Ordinary FamilyDr. Dayton King
2010Brothers & SistersN/AEpisode: A Righteous Kiss
2011The OfficeWalter Bernard Sr.Episode: Garden Party
2013Falling SkiesPresident Benjamin Hathaway
2013ScandalNews AnchorHappy Birthday, Mr. President
2013The FostersRev. AdamsEpisode: I Do
2013Devious MaidsPhilippe Delatour6 episodes
2013RevolutionDr. Gene PorterMain cast, season 2; 12 episodes


1976All the President's MenHugh W. Sloan, Jr.
1977Between the LinesMicheal
1978FedoraYoung Barry
1979The PromiseMichael Hillyard
1979Star Trek: The Motion PictureCaptain/Commander Willard Decker
1980Loving CouplesGreg
1985Brewster's MillionsWarren Cox
1986On Dangerous GroundDr. David Lowell
1986Jumpin' Jack FlashMarty Phillips
1989The Big PictureAttorney
1990StellaStephen Dallas
1992My New GunGerald Bender
1995A Family DividedRoger Billingsley
1996The First Wives ClubAaron Paradis
1999Drive Me CrazyMr. Maris
2003The CommissionJoseph A. Ball
2006Blood DiamondAmbassador Walker
2007Because I Said SoJoe Dresden
2008Hole in the Paper SkyMr. Benson
2012The Three StoogesMr. Harter


1993Sondheim: Putting It TogetherOff Broadway cast recording
2003Stephen Collins
2005The Hits of Rick Nelson


Collins is the author of two novels: Eye Contact (1994) and Double Exposure (1998).

Published works