Biography

Pop and rock singer and musician Phil Collins' actually started out in the acting end of the business. A busy child performer, Collins played the Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver and was also fleetingly seen in the Beatles film A Hard Days' Night (64). Upon joining the rock band Genesis in 1970, Collins abandoned acting in favor of a fruitful music-only career. In the mid-1980s, Collins began easing back before the cameras with recurring villainous appearances on the hit American TV series Miami Vice. With 1988's Buster, Collins made his film-starring debut, playing a notorious bank robber. Since that time, Collins has sporadically returned to films; in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's Hook (91),Collins plays the atypically businesslike role of a Scotland Yard detective. Collins would continue to dabble in film over the coming years, providing voice acting in Balto and The Jungle Book 2. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi