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Date of birth: August 20, 1974
Birth place: Boston Mass
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5''11
Family: Mother - Rebecca Tippen
Brother - Sasha
Sister - Danielle
Wife - Victoria Vantoch
Son -
West Anaximander Collins
Daughter - Maison Marie Collins


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Actor bio: Collins was born: Dmitri Tippens Krushnic on August 20th 1974, in Boston Massachusetts. The origins of the name Misha: came about from a boyfriend his mother had whilst on a trip to Russia she made during her college years. His name was Mitya, but Misha’s mother misunderstood her boyfriend's nickname, and so mistakenly named her son Misha; much to his father’s chagrin. The last name, Krushnic, goes back six generations in Canada although the family are not sure where it came from, Russia, the Ukraine or Poland. Misha’s mother, Rebecca Tippens was a story teller and now runs The Center for Cultural Evolution, AKA The Round House. Misha also has a brother Sasha, three years his junior, and a sister, Danielle eleven years younger.

When he was growing up, his family were very poor and were evicted a lot. He was in a new school at least once a year. However, after attending the Greenfield Center School, Misha graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in 1992. During high school, Misha's house burned down. In the following year, he pursued a wide variety of interests, including: a six month job at NPR headquarters, National Public Radio, in 1995. He worked as a producer and copy writer on a show called "Weekly Edition". It was a job he loved.

He also had a White House internship, in the Office of Presidential Personnel in charge of selecting nominees for presidential appointments. In the 90s, there were 3,500 jobs given out by appointment ranging from the Secretary of Agriculture and Ambassadors to low-level jobs. He also worked in construction, and did an EMT certification course.

He then went on to the University of Chicago for undergrad, where he studied social theory and spent four years there. He took a year off from college and went to Nepal and Tibet. Spending several months in seclusion at a monastery. It is something he continues to this day but now he simply goes to a monastic retreat “where it’s just silence,” he says. “I go and sit and meditate in silence for 10 days. Don’t talk to anyone, don’t talk about anything – I’m just with myself. It always restores me a little bit. You always learn something about yourself when you spend 10 days alone with yourself.” One thing he’s learned? “I now feel like we have a purpose on the planet, which is kind of a nice feeling to have.”

Whilst in Washington, DC he began an internet start-up company that was making educational software, a non-profit summer program for urban teens.

MISHA COLLINS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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Non-acting careers: White House Intern, Published Poet, Carpenter
Movies:
  • The Grift ... Jacob
  • Over Her Dead Body ... Brian
  • Reinventing the Wheelers ... Joey Wheeler
  • Karla ... Paul Bernardo
  • 20 Things to do Before Your 30
  • The Crux ... Man Hanging From Rope
  • Finding Home ... Dave
  • Moving Alan ... Tony Derrik
  • Par 6 ... Al Hegelman
  • Girl, Interrupted ... Tony
  • Liberty Heights ... Guy
TV:
  • Supernatural ... Castiel
  • Nip / Tuck ... Manny Skerritt
  • Without a Trace ... Chester Lake
  • CSI: NY ... Morton Brite
  • Close to Home ... Todd Monroe
  • NCIS ... Justin Ferris
  • Monk ... Michael Korapov
  • ER ... Bret
  • CSI ... Vlad
  • 24 ... Elexis Drazen
  • Seven Days ... Sergei Chumbais
  • NYPD Blue ... Blake DeWitt
  • Charmed ... Eric Bragg
  • Legacy ... Andrew
Awards:
Upcoming projects: Stonehenge Apocalypse ... Jacob

MISHA COLLINS QUOTES
  • "The philosophical underpinnings of my approach to acting are that there are universal human qualities, and that every character is actually available within each one of us, that if we tap down into that universal humanness, we can find whatever character it is that we need to play already there within ourselves, and it’s just a matter of peeling apart the onion that is you and finding that character within you, because of this universal human quality."
  • "A lot of times I think the cast members, the lead characters in a show really set the tone for the show. On some shows, the stars of the show will just be whining and complaining and spending the whole time texting their boyfriends on their Blackberries, and there’s just no attention given to the work. Jared and Jensen are very serious about the work, and at the same time they are light and upbeat and sarcastic. They’ve got good senses of humor, and that actually really helps."




MISHA COLLINS TRIVIA
  • Before breaking into the acting industry, his resume listed "bicycle touring" under 'skills', which he and Jensen laughed at a convention since it really just meant that he could bicycle.
  • He learned how to throat-sing in the Tibetan style.
  • Founded his own charity called Random Acts, a "non-profit organization that’s aiming to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time." It can be found at www.therandomact.org
  • Founded the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) in 2011. Entrance fees for the international competition go towards Random Acts, and in 2012, GISHWHES broke the world record for most pledges to perform an act of kindness.
  • Bought the domain name bouncingbabynames.com (used in season 7 episode 17 of Supernatural)
  • Active on Twitter @mishacollins

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Main Cast:
Jensen Ackles | Jared Padalecki | Misha Collins | Jim Beaver | Mark Pellegrino | Rob Benedict

Past Cast:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan | Katie Cassidy | Lauren Cohan | Richard Speight Jr. | Samantha Smith |
Genevieve Cortese | Samantha Ferris | Alona Tal | Julie McNiven | Kurt Fuller

The Weechesters:

Alex Ferris | Colin Ford | Brock Kelly | Ridge Canipe




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