Robert Lee Collins

June 1, 1930October 21, 2011

COLLINS, Robert L. June 1, 1930 - October 21, 2011 Bob was an accomplished, award winning Writer/Director for such TV series as The Bold Ones, The Senator and Police Story. "The Wyatt Earp Syndrome" episode of Police Story has been preserved as a training film for the L.A. & N.Y. Police Academies. His TV Movies include: THE QUALITY OF MERCY, SERPICO, HUEY LONG, AN ACT OF VIOLENCE, MONEY ON THE SIDE, J. EDGAR HOOVER, PRIME TARGET, THE ACCHILE LAURO, JONNY RYAN, IN THE ARMS OF A KILLER, MAFIA PRINCESS and GIDEON'S TRUMPET (which is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art and The Library of Congress). Creator of the TV series MOVING ON, SERPICO and POLICE WOMAN (ground breaking as the first series to star a female lead). Bob directed DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Odyssey Theatre in L.A. Among the theatrical luminaries he directed were Henry Fonda, Jose Ferre, John Houseman, Karl Malden Tony Musante, Lee Grant, Tony Curtis, Treat Williams, Louise Fletcher, Rip Torn, Ed Asner, Jaclyn Smith, Michael Nouri, John Spencer, and Angie Dickinson. Bob's awards and nominations include The Emmy, The Writers' Guild Award, The Directors' Guild Award, The Cable Excellence Award, The Humanitas Prize, The Christopher Award, The NAACP Image Award, The Mystery Writers' of America Award, The Peabody Award and The 2009 Jack Webb Award. Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mark, sons Clay (Robin), Curtis (Sharon), Casey, daughter-in-law Cindy, brother Frank (Trisha), grandchildren Ryan, Leslie, Rachel, Kyle, Sarah, Caleb, nieces Kate and Anne. Donations may be made in Bob's memory to his favorite charity: Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Ave, 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10001-5126


  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 27, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 27, 2011

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October 28, 2011

Bob was a great story teller and so funny. He could tell a tale that would make you laugh until you cried. And such a dear, kind man. An extraordinary talent, a gift to us all. He will be sorely missed.
Love to his family, Claudia Orpin Cooper, Dallas, TX (formerly from Long Beach, CA)

October 27, 2011

Bob was a great story teller and so funny. He could tell a tale that would make you laugh until you cried. And such a dear

October 27, 2011

Bob was my dearest friend through high school and later. We touched bases now and then but I regret not often enough. He was always there to listen and support and I am grateful to have been his friend. He leaves a great body of work in theatre and I will enjoy watching his films and TV shows.
My prayers and sympathy to Dotty and his family.
Fair winds Bob. Love, Anna Chavez

Anne Collins

October 27, 2011

We are so sad and will miss Uncle Bob. His great stories and memories of working in "the business" will always stay with us. We really loved those stories.
Pages will miss laying at his feet for those great times. Hopefully Dottie will continue telling us more of their great times together. We love you both and will miss Bob.
Kate and Anne Collins

Frank and Trisha Collins

October 27, 2011

Bob was our brother. We were proud of him, inspired by him, and loved spending time with him. We will miss him so much. We wish peace and comfort for Dottie and his children.

October 26, 2011

Our very sincere sympathy to Dottie and
the entire Collins family.Our good thoughts
and prayers are with you in your time of
sorrow. We are so proud of Bob's brilliant
accomplishments in the film industry. He
will be missed.
Chet and Kathy Campanella

October 24, 2011

In memory of a loving, kind and brilliant man. He is loved deeply and will be missed.

Carol McKelvey

October 23, 2011

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. While we only knew him a short time, he felt like family. Our prayers are with you, and your families.