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Also Known As: Philip Collins, Philip David Charles Collins Died:
Born: January 30, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: singer, songwriter, drummer, actor

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With a remarkable combination of middle-of-the-road likability and talent and vision that has produced some of the better music of his time, composer-singer-drummer-actor Phil Collins has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry. Truly one of the hardest working men in show business, he has written for and performed with two legendary and vastly different bands, found great success as a solo artist and nursed a budding acting career, all at the same time. While considering himself a drummer above all else, the musician has written some of the most memorable songs in contemporary pop music and has proven a powerful and universally recognizable singer. Because of his unfaltering dedication to his craft and his place in Genesis, one of the most influential rock bands of the day, Collins managed to win both popular success and the respect of fellow musicians, hitting the top of the pop charts while also being called upon to perform with such modern legends as Eric Clapton, Sting, Robert Plant and Quincy Jones. His musical credibility and capability have served well many a film that has procured his songwriting services.

With a remarkable combination of middle-of-the-road likability and talent and vision that has produced some of the better music of his time, composer-singer-drummer-actor Phil Collins has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry. Truly one of the hardest working men in show business, he has written for and performed with two legendary and vastly different bands, found great success as a solo artist and nursed a budding acting career, all at the same time. While considering himself a drummer above all else, the musician has written some of the most memorable songs in contemporary pop music and has proven a powerful and universally recognizable singer. Because of his unfaltering dedication to his craft and his place in Genesis, one of the most influential rock bands of the day, Collins managed to win both popular success and the respect of fellow musicians, hitting the top of the pop charts while also being called upon to perform with such modern legends as Eric Clapton, Sting, Robert Plant and Quincy Jones. His musical credibility and capability have served well many a film that has procured his songwriting services.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jungle Book 2, The (2003) Voice Of Lucky
2.
 Paid in Full (2002)
3.
 Balto (1995) Voice S Of Muk And Luk
4.
 And the Band Played On (1993) Eddie Papasano
5.
 Frauds (1993) Roland
6.
7.
 Hook (1991) Inspector Good
8.
 Buster (1988) Buster Edwards
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
Began playing the drums on a kit handmade by his uncle
1964:
Made film debut in The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" as one of hundreds of screaming teenagers during the concert sequence
1969:
First record deal came as drummer for Flaming Youth; they released a single album, <i>Ark 2</i> (1969)
1970:
Joined the British art rock band Genesis; first as a drummer and later taking on lead singing duties in its post-Peter Gabriel pop-rock incarnation
1974:
Became lead vocalist for Genesis after auditions of hundreds of singers failed to yield a successor to the departed Peter Gabriel
1981:
Released first solo album <i>Face Value</i>; also that same year released <i>Abacab</i> Genesis' eleventh studio album
1984:
Composed the title track for the film "Against All Odds"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song
1985:
Released his top ten single-packed third solo album, <i>No Jacket Required</i>
1985:
Appeared in an episode of NBC's "Miami Vice," entitled "Phil the Shill"
1985:
Invited to perform at Bob Geldof's charity concert, Live Aid; appeared at both Wembley Stadium in England and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia
1985:
Performed (with Marilyn Martin) the Academy Award nominated song "Separate Lives" for the "White Nights" soundtrack
1988:
First film role since becoming a musician, playing the title role in "Buster"; released rendition of "Groovy Kind of Love" and the Academy Award nominated "Two Hearts"
1988:
Played Uncle Ernie in a 20th anniversary performance of The Who's rock opera "Tommy" (aired on FOX)
1990:
Featured in the CBS variety special, "Seriously...Phil Collins"
1991:
Released final studio album with Genesis, <i>We Can't Dance</i>
1991:
Appeared in Steven Spielberg's "Hook"
1993:
Played the sleazy owner of a San Francisco bathhouse in the AIDS-themed drama "And the Band Played On" (HBO)
1993:
Featured in the Australian-produced comedy/mystery "Frauds"
1995:
Voiced two polar bears in the animated adventure "Balto"
1996:
Appeared as himself on an episode of FOX's "New York Undercover"
1998:
Toured with the Phil Collins Big Band as drummer; the band performed jazz renditions of Collins┬┐ and Genesis's hits
1999:
Performed the soundtrack to the animated film "Tarzan"; won first Oscar for the hit single "You'll Be in My Heart"
1999:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 16)
1999:
Reunited with Gabriel and other Genesis members to re-record "The Carpet Crawlers" for Genesis's <i>Turn It On Again: The Hits</i>
2003:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "The Jungle Book 2"
2005:
Performed several songs on Disney's "Brother Bear" soundtrack
2006:
Contributed 11 new songs and instrumental pieces, when Disney's "Tarzan" was adapted for Broadway
2006:
Appeared as himself in the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories"
2007:
Re-united with Genesis for "Turn It On Again: The Tour" with the Collins/Rutherford/Banks lineup
2011:
Announced his retirement from music due to health problems brought on by his lifelong drum-playing
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Education

Chiswick Community School: -
Barbara Speake Stage School: -

Notes

Collins was named 1997's MusiCares Performer of the Year by NARAS for his philanthropic efforts.

Collins can fluently play dozens of instruments besides drums, including the piano, guitar and bagpipes although he is reportedly unable to read music.

"I'm not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I'm a drummer that sings a bit." --Collins quoted in The Boston Globe, June 28, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Andrea Collins. First wife; divorced in late 1970s; mother of two eldest children.
wife:
Jill Collins. Second wife; married in early 1980s; divorced in 1996 after Collins confessed to having an affair; mother of Lily Collins; reportedly received a $24 million divorce settlement.
wife:
Orianne Cevey. Businesswoman. Born c. 1973; Swiss; worked as an interpreter for Collins before becoming romantically involved; wed in a civil ceremony on July 23, 1999 in Begnins, Switzerland; married on July 24, 1999 at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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mother:
June Collins. Former talent agent. Born c. 1913.
brother:
Clive Collins. Cartoonist.
sister:
Carole Collins. Ice skater.
daughter:
Joely Collins. Actor. Star of CBC TV series "Madison"; born in the 1970s; mother, Andrea Collins.
son:
Simon Collins. Born in the 1970s; mother, Andrea Collins.
daughter:
Lily Collins. Born c. 1989; mother, Jill Collins.
son:
Nicholas Grev Austin Collins. Born on April 21, 2001; mother, Orianne Cevey.
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