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Far From Heaven 

Mr. Everything Stephen Collins talks about an eclectic career.


Stephen Collins, star of the WB's hit family series 7th Heaven, just released his self-titled debut album. Filled with oldies like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "Hello, Mary Lou," the album -- at the very least -- adds "recording artist" to his growing résumé.

"Before I was an actor, I played in rock bands," explains Collins, who starred in The First Wives Club, Jumpin' Jack Flash, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In preparation for his upcoming autograph session at the Strongsville Borders, Collins answered a few career-spanning questions . . .

Actor, director, author, singer. Is there anything you don't do?

"I never did burlesque. And I'm not a great dancer."

You play a minister on 7th Heaven. Could you cut it as one in real life?

"Let me put it this way: I'm thrilled that I am able to represent it in a way that seems believable."

You and co-star Catherine Hicks both were in Star Trek movies. Do you ever get into fisticuffs about who starred in the better film?

"I defer immediately to her, because she was definitely in the better one [Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home]. Mine was too earnest."

One of your earliest stage performances was in Macbeth, with Christopher Walken. How scary was he?

"His intensity was not something I was used to. He is from another planet, and it's a planet I would love to go visit with him sometime. I'm tremendously fond of him. And I think he is of me."

Your album is on Pat Boone's label. Did he warn you to keep the dirty words to a minimum?

"Pat did not interfere one iota. He left me a wonderful cell-phone message [that said], 'I wish I could sing that song like that.' I wish I still had that message."

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