Bill Collins (television presenter)

William Roderick Collins OAM (4 December 1934 – 20 June 2019) was an Australian film critic and film historian, radio and television presenter, journalist, author and lecturer best known for presenting Hollywood films on television in Australia. He specialised in the Classical Hollywood cinema, and his favourite film was Gone with the Wind. He was well known for his association with Network 10, presenting Bill Collins' Golden Years of Hollywood for fifteen years, and later with Foxtel, presenting movies on the cable channel FOX Classics from 1995 to 2018.

Bill Collins

William Roderick Collins

(1934-12-04)4 December 1934
Died20 June 2019(2019-06-20) (aged 84)
Other namesMr. Movies
  • Film critic and historian
  • radio and television presenter
  • journalist
  • author
  • lecturer
Years active1963–2018
Spouse(s)Joan Collins


Bill Collins was born in Sutherland, Sydney,[1] the son of a policeman and school teacher. He was educated at Canterbury Boys' High School and the University of Sydney, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Latin in 1959, a Diploma of Education in 1960 and a Master of Education in 1965.

Originally an English school teacher at East Hills Boys High School and his alma mater Canterbury Boys' High School, and later lecturer at Sydney Teachers College, Collins' appreciation of cinema led him to write reviews in the early 1960s and resulted in him working as a film presenter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (then the Australian Broadcasting Commission). He moved from the ABC to TCN Channel 9 working there between 1967–74; later moving to ATN Channel 7 from 1975 to 1979. In 1980 he moved to Channel Ten to present movies nationally.[2]

He was widely recognised in Australia for his passionate enthusiasm for films, and his profile allowed him to meet and become acquainted with a range of film makers from the "Golden Age of Hollywood". His presentations usually consisted of a brief review of the film and its actors, specific discussion of filming techniques, theme music, as well as personal recollections and quotes from the film makers he had interviewed. From 23 October 1995 until his retirement on 20 October 2018, he presented films for the Foxtel cable television network FOX Classics.[2][3] His celebrity status allowed him to take cameo roles in film and television, notably Prisoner (1985) and Howling III (1987).[4]

In addition to his television work, he lectured at the University of Sydney on film and related subjects.[5] In 1987, he published a book of film reviews and essays, Bill Collins Presents "The Golden Years of Hollywood".

Personal lifeEdit

Collins met his wife Joan in 1983 when he was 48. They both lived in Vincentia, New South Wales. From Vincentia they moved to Winmalee, New South Wales. In 2005, they moved to a large house in Berry, New South Wales, which they listed for sale in August 2017, but which Joan still owned as of February 2020.[6]

Collins died in his sleep on 20 June 2019.[7]

Awards and honoursEdit

In 1987, Collins was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to film and television.[8] In 2009, he was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.[9] In 2013, he received the inaugural ASTRA Lifetime Achievement Award.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Talking Heads – Bill Collins Archived 18 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 17 April 2006.
  2. ^ a b Moran, Albert: COLLINS, BILL Australian Television Personality, The Museum of Broadcast Communications.
  3. ^ Knox, David (19 October 2018). "Bill Collins wraps 55 years of movie hosting". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ Bill Collins on IMDb
  5. ^ Speaker Details: Bill Collins Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Saxton Speakers Bureau.
  6. ^ Nicholls, Stephen (20 August 2017). "Mr Movies Bill Collins and wife Joan selling their Berry home". Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ Idato, Michael (21 June 2019). "Australia's 'Mr Movies', Bill Collins, dies aged 84". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  8. ^ COLLINS, William Roderick OAM, It's an Honour, 26 January 1987.
  9. ^ ""Critic Collins gets Logies Hall of Fame honour" ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  10. ^ Bill Collins to receive ASTRA Lifetime Achievement Award, Mumbrella, 25 July 2013.

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