Actor Gary Collins arrested for walking out on bill

Wed Jan 5, 2011 2:52pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television host and actor Gary Collins has been arrested and faces a felony charge after he walked out of a restaurant without paying his bill in Biloxi, Mississippi, police said on Wednesday.

Collins, 72, who has appeared on dozens of TV shows since the 1960s, was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, said Rodney McGilvary, assistant chief of the Biloxi Police Department, after Collins walked out on a $59.35 restaurant tab on Tuesday.

He has been held in jail and is due to appear on court on Wednesday.

Restaurant employees followed him out of the restaurant into the parking lot, but he refused to stop, police said.

Collins had been drinking alcohol, McGilvary said, and was later arrested at his home but was not breath tested because he was not driving a vehicle at the time.

He starred in the 1972 TV series "The Sixth Sense" and was a guest star on may shows such as "Perry Mason." In the 1980s, he hosted talk show "Hour Magazine," "The Home Show," and the Miss America Pageant for several years.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte)