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Collins was born Misha Dmitri Tippens Krushnic. 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. And the last name, "Krushnic," goes back six generations in Canada although the family was not sure where it came from: Russia, Ukraine or Poland. Misha`s mother, Rebecca Tippens, was a storyteller and now runs The Center for Cultural Evolution, AKA The Round House. Misha also has a brother named Sasha, three years his junior, and a sister, Danielle, eleven years younger.
When he was growing up, his family was very poor and was evicted a lot. He was in a new school at least once a year. However, after attending the Greenfield Center School, Collins graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in 1992. During high school, his house burned down. In the following year, Collins 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 copywriter on a show called Weekly Edition. It was a job he loved.
Collins also had a White House internship in the Office of Presidential Personnel in charge of selecting nominees for presidential appointments. In the 1990s, 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.
Collins 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, Collins began an internet start-up company that was making educational software, a non-profit summer program for urban teens.
In 2002, Collins married his high school sweetheart, Victoria Vantoch.
Collins had flirted with the idea of returning to politics. He briefly considered running for neighborhood council in Los Angeles before withdrawing his application. "I went to sit in on one of the meetings, and it was the most tedious, boring hour and a half of my life. So I withdrew my candidacy, and almost won in spite of that. I got 51 votes!"
Collins is a published poet. So far, his poems Baby Pants and Old Bones, have been published in three literary magazines and journals: the 2008 edition of the Columbia Poetry Review, Pearl Magazine and The California Quarterly 21.
To pay his way through college, Collins worked as a carpenter and a woodworker. He built his Los Angeles house, and has built most the furniture in it. There are only a couple of things on the deck that he didn`t make. It apparently took almost two years of full time work and four years of tinkering.
Collins is a regular poster on Twitter, and he has termed his followers on there his "minions."
Most recently, Collins had a crash on his bicycle going about 55 miles per hour, requiring a stay in the hospital. Whilst there, he had to undergo an MRI that showed a birth defect in his spine which is the reason for his flexibility that helped him get the role of Manny Skerritt in the TV show Nip/Tuck, even though he threw his back out for about 10 days. It is probably also the reason he was the most flexible boy in the history of his high school.
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Dmitri Tippens Krushnic
Misha Collins (born Dmitri Tippens Krushnic; August 20, 1974) is an American actor and director, best known for his role as the angel Castiel on the CW television series Supernatural (2008–present).
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Playing Castiel on Supernatural
Blue Eyes and Black Hair
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
West Anaximander Collins(son), Maison Marie Collins(daughter)
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