Stephen Collins is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Eric Camden on the television drama series 7th Heaven, from 1996-2007.
He currently stars as Dr. Dayton King on the science fiction comedy-drama television series No Ordinary Family, since 2010.
Collins also completed a three-episode arc as Kate Walsh's father on ABC's Private Practice. Other television credits include starring in Tattingers, Sisters and Tales of the Gold Monkey, where he met his wife of 24 years, Faye Grant.
He starred in the miniseries Inside the Third Reich, with John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer and Blythe Danner; Chiefs, with Charlton Heston and Billy Dee Williams; The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, opposite Ann-Margret and Claudette Colbert and for which he was Emmy nominated; and as JFK in A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries.
Collins guest starred on Law & Order: SVU, starred as a former rodeo cowboy in the Hallmark Channel film, Every Second Counts, and has starred in 20 other movies for TV, including The Betty Broderick Story, opposite Meredith Baxter, and An Unexpected Life, opposite Stockard Channing.
Collins' feature films include The First Wives Club as Diane Keaton's husband, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Brewster's Millions, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (he was, very briefly, captain of the Enterprise), All the President's Men as Hugh Sloan, Blood Diamond and Because I Said So, again opposite Diane Keaton.
Collins took over as King Arthur on Broadway in Mike Nichols' Spamalot. He was in the original Broadway productions of Michael Weller's Moonchildren and Terrence McNally's The Ritz, and also created roles in New York in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, opposite Sigourney Weaver, and A.R. Gurney's The Old Boy.
His play, Super Sunday, was produced at The Williamstown Theater Festival, and he's had two published novels, the first of which, the erotic thriller Eye Contact, was a best seller for Bantam Books.
He occasionally appears live in LA with his retro bar band, The 7th Band.
With Christopher Reeve, Ron Silver and Susan Sarandon, Collins was an original founder of The Creative Coalition, the arts advocacy political organization still based in New York.