What is Stephen Collins’s Net Worth?
Stephen Collins is an American actor, writer, and musician who has a net worth of $3 million. At the peak of his professional career and before a terrible scandal cost him his marriage and made him a pariah, Stephen had a peak net worth of $14 million. His ex-wife received half of their former fortune and Stephen has not worked professionally since 2014.
Stephen Colllins began his professional acting career in the mid-70s. Some of his television credits include “The Waltons”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Hold the Dream”, “The Disappearance of Nora”, “Scarlett”, “Sisters”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The Office”, “No Ordinary Family”, and “Devious Maids”. Some of his film credits include, “All the President’s Men”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Stella”, “The First Wives Club”, “Blood Diamond”, and “The Three Stooges”. He has also appeared in the Broadway productions of “Spamalot”, “Moonchildren”, and “The Ritz”, among other productions. He is most widely recognized for his work as Eric Camden on “7th Heaven”, on which he starred from 1996 to 2007.
In 2014, audio was leaked that reportedly featured Stephen Collins admitting to having sexually assaulted a minor 40 years earlier. Two months later, Collins admitted to People magazine that he had inappropriate contact with three female minors in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. His career has stalled completely after these revelations came out. His wife also filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2015. When Stephen and ex-wife Faye Grant finalized their settlement, he reportedly paid her half of their combined $14 million net worth.
Collins was born on October 1, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born to parents Madeleine and Cyrus Collins. His father worked as an airline executive. He was raised with his two older brothers in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. After completing high school, he attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. While there, he played bass guitar in a number of bands. He graduated cum laude in 1969.
Collins decided he wanted to pursue a career in acting after he finished college. His first role in television came in 1974 when he landed a role as a doctor in the television movie “The Michele Lee Show.” Throughout the 1970s, he appeared in episodes of shows like “The Waltons,” “The Rhinemann Exchange,” and “Charlie’s Angels.” He also appeared in the films, “All the President’s Men,” “Between the Lines,” “Fedora,” “The Promise,” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”
Throughout the 1980s, he primarily worked in television. He had roles in “Great Performances,” “Summer Solstice,” “Inside the Third Reich,” “Chiefs,” “Dark Mirror,” “Hold the Dream,” “Working it Out,” and “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles,” among others. For his role in “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles,” he was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also appeared in the films “Brewster’s Millions,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “The Big Picture.”
In 1991, he played the role of John F. Kennedy in the miniseries, “A Woman Named Jackie.” He appeared in the television films “A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story” and “Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter.” He also in the films “Stella” in 1990, “My New Gun” in 1992, and “The First Wives Club” in 1996.
In 1996, he also landed what would become his most well-known roles. He landed the role of Eric Camden, the father character, in the television drama series “7th Heaven.” The show premiered in August of 1996 on The WB. It remained on air on The WB for ten seasons, making it the longest running series in the history of the network. It was also hugely popular with fans and was the most-watched show on the network. Nineteen of the WB’s most-watched 20 hours of television across of its programming were from “7th Heaven.” During his time on the show, Collins and the actress who played his wife on the series, Catherine Hicks, were nominated twice at the Teen Choice Awards in the TV Choice Parental Units category. The series was expected to end after The WB network dissolved. However, The CW, the network that resulted from The WB’s merger with UPN, decided to renew the show for an eleventh season, which was not as popular. However, Collins did return for the eleventh season, making him one of the only cast members to appear on all eleven seasons in a main cast role.
Collins continued acting after “7th Heaven” concluded. He appeared in “Because I Said So” alongside Diane Keaton in 2007. He also appeared in two episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” from 2006 to 2007. From 2010 to 2011, he starred in the short-lived ABC series, “No Ordinary Family.” He also appeared on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” and in the eighth season of the NBC show, “The Office,” playing the role of Andy Bernard’s father. In 2013, he appeared in the NBC show “Revolution” and also in two episodes of the show “Falling Sky” as well as in six episodes of “Devious Maids.” Some of the films he appeared in during this time include “Blood Diamond,” “Hole in the Paper Sky,” “The Three Stooges,” and “Penance.”
His acting career came to an end when allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor were made public in 2014.
Personal Life and Divorce Settlement
In 1970, Collins married Marjorie Weinman. They remained married until 1978, when they divorced. In 1985, he married actress Faye Grant. The two had met on the set of “Tales of the Gold Monkey” a few years earlier, in 1982. They had a daughter together, Kate, in 1989. In 2012, they separated. In January of 2015, their divorce was finalized after 30 years of marriage. Stephen reportedly paid Faye Grant half of their $14 million previous net worth as a divorce settlement.
Collins is an Episcopalian. He also has been a vocal advocate and practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. He was a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates the practice of meditation in schools and also funds meditation research, until October of 2014.
In October of 2014, the New York City Police Department began investigating Stephen Collins after an audio tape was leaked that revealed a male voice, purported to be Collin’s, admitting to past sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated that Collins had been investigated by the department in 2012 after receiving a claim 40 years earlier regarding sexual abuse. In an interview that Collins gave to “People” in December of 2014, he admitted that he had committed inappropriate sexual conduct with three minor females in 1973, 1982, and 1994. Since then, his acting career has been inactive.
In September 1997 Stephen and Faye paid $950,000 for a home in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood. In April 2003 they bought a connected property for $1.4 million. In October 2014, amid their bitter divorce, the couple sold the two properties for a combined $5.5 million.