Misha Collins, born Dmitri Tippens Krushnic on August 20, 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts, is an actor who's appeared on such shows as Nip/Tuck, Charmed, 24, CSI, ER, NCIS, and Stonehenge Apocalypse. However, he's best known for his role as fallen angel Castiel on The CW's hit show Supernatural.
Reports that he's trying to take over the world have been wildly exaggerated — he's already achieved world domination and you just haven't noticed yet.
He married his high-school sweetheart, writer and journalist Victoria Vantoch, in 2001; they had two children before divorcing in 2021.
Here's his Twitter. He also runs a charity called Random Acts, and occasionally makes humorous cooking videos with his kids on YouTube.
As of 2021, he hosts PBS traveling food show, Roadfood, in which he journeys across America to discover different ethnic regional dishes.
Not to be confused with that other Misha who makes cringey music videos that are popular on certain meme channels.
- Charmed (1998) (1999) as Eric Bragg
- Girl, Interrupted (1999) as Tony
- NYPD Blue (2000) as Blake DeWitt
- 24 (2002) as Alexis Drazen
- CSI (2005) as Vlad
- ER (2005 - 2006) as Bret
- Karla (2006) as Paul
- Monk (2006) as Michael Karpov
- NCIS (2006) as Justin Farris
- CSI: New York (2007) as Morton Brite
- Without a Trace (2007) as Chester Lake
- Supernatural (2008 - 2020) as Castiel/Jimmy Novak/Lucifer
- Nip/Tuck (2009) as Manny Skeritt
- Stonehenge Apocalypse (2010) as Jacob
- Ringer (2012) as Dylan Morrison
- Timeless (2017) as Eliot Ness
- The Hillywood Show (2015 - 2018) as Ghostbusters Receptionist/Dancer
- Gotham Knights (2023) as Harvey Dent/Two Face
Tropes that apply to this actor's career include:
- Breakout Character: As the angel Castiel in Supernatural.
- Creator Backlash:
- He greatly regrets appearing in Karla, in which he portrayed real-life serial rapist/killer Paul Bernardo. He initially believed that the script was fiction, and didn't discover it was a Dramatization Based on a True Story until the movie's press tour. Since then, he has condemned the film in multiple press and convention interviews and continually asks his fans to not watch it. He also stated that the film's director made extremely creepy and inappropriate comments on-set, with their relationship deteriorating to the point Collins filed a restraining order against him.
- His McDonald's commercial. Just look at his reaction to hearing it might be on tumblr. As one commenter on the linked video puts it, "That's the first time I've ever seen someone have an allergic reaction to their career."
- Directed by Cast Member: The seventeenth episode of season 9.
- Doing It for the Art: Pretty much his life philosophy. It's also a handy justification for, say, wearing a suit made entirely of cheese or wanting to drop a bus into an active volcano just to see what happens."One of the things that I like to do in life is attacking things that seem impossible, and then accomplishing them, and sort of shattering the boundaries of what we think is possible."
- Fanservice: His role in Nip/Tuck involved him stretching and bending all around. Cause he's extremely flexible, you know.note It turns out he's that flexible because of a spinal defect. Apparently his doctor warned him that he could become paralyzed if he overdoes it.
- Guttural Growler: Averted. Castiel might be gruff and growly, but Misha's real voice is much higher and smoother. Apparently, Misha figured that Castiel's intro episode would be a one-time thing and so adopted a gruff, tough-guy voice. Four seasons later, Misha joked that Castiel's voice is giving him throat problems.
- Jack of All Trades: Aside from acting, he's also interned at the White House, built his own house, founded a charitable organization, leads the greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever seen, and learned Tibetan throat singing, among other things. Lampshaded during a convention panel, where he and Jensen Ackles got into a "resume off" (someone had old copies of their resumes and they compared).
- Playing Against Type: The humorless, uptight, conservative, virginal Cas is basically the opposite of Misha himself in every way. He has confirmed that the wildly altered future version of Castiel seen in the fifth-season episode "The End" is disturbingly similar to his real-life personality, noting that he enjoyed preparing for the orgy scenes. He probably only auditioned for Castiel because the part was advertised as a demon, rather than an angel.