Misha Collins is best known for portraying Castiel for 8 seasons (and counting) on Supernatural for which he won the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Sci-Fi Actor.
Collins has had recurring roles on the television series ER and 24, has worked on numerous other films and series. In addition, Collins recently directed an episode of Supernatural.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Collins earned a BA in Social Theory from The University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors. Before turning to acting, Collins interned at the White House under the Clinton Administration and worked at National Public Radio headquarters in DC. He also worked as a carpenter and woodworker in New England’s Berkshire Mountains and built and designed his first home in Los Angeles.
He has 2 million Twitter followers and his Facebook fan page has 2 million likes. He is also a published poet with works in The Columbia Poetry Review, The California Quarterly and other literary journals. A film Collins helped produce, Loot, won Best Documentary Feature at the LA Film Festival in 2008 and aired on HBO. He also wrote and directed the comic series TSA America: Level Orange.
Collins founded and is the President of the 501c3, Random Acts, which has built schools, orphanages, and mobilized people all over the world to participate in good works. He also produces a cooking show with his son, Cooking fast With West which has an ardent online following. In addition, Collins runs GISHWHES, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, which has helped him break 7 Guinness World Records and has hundreds of thousands of participants in over 100 countries.
Collins has spent several months in seclusion in monasteries in Yosemite, Tibet and elsewhere. He has run ultra-marathons, is a certified lifeguard, EMT and motorcyclist who currently resides in Los Angeles.