Brian Baumruk Collins

Profile Updated: June 1, 2011
Residing In: Encinitas, CA
Spouse/Partner: Terah Kathryn Collins
Children / Grandchildren Finally married at kids.
Military Service: Navy (Submarines)  
Class of 1960 or 1961?

TTHS 1960

Grade school attended?

St. Joseph Grade School

Background regarding time from HF days to today:

After graduating from Thornton in 1960 (last class from Homewood), I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis where I played football, ran track, and boxed. After graduation I went into the nuclear power program, and then submarines, where I spent a couple of tours in the South China Sea off Vietnam. I spent my last four years in the Navy as an advisor, instructor, and admiral's aid at Moffett Field near San Jose. During my military career I traveled extensively, including most of Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East, Morocco, Australia, and Brazil.

I left the service in 1973 and stumbled into acting and modeling. My first job was a play in San Francisco that starred Jimmy Doohan…Scottie in Star Trek. I also did the cover of Playgirl, and frequently appeared in Playboy…ah, the salad days! I remained in Northern California, commuting frequently to LA and Chicago for work until late 1982. During that period I acted in General Hospital, The Young and The Restless, Falconcrest, Emergency, and a number of films. Also did improv, news, special events, telethons, commercials, and European speaking tours. I moved to Southern California in 1982 to continue my acting career, and got married in San Diego in 1995.

For fun I used to camp, kayak, cross-country ski, and run competitively, with several sub-three hour marathons. Now I hike, bike, lift, and play basketball, including the Senior Olympics. I still do TV commercials and corporate films - 500 and counting - theatre (here and Europe) and teach speakers to use the actor’s secret ( to give presentations word-for-word with no memorizing or notes.

My name was Brian (Colin) Baumruk during my school days. It is now Brian Baumruk Collins, the name I've been using as an actor since 1973 (No one could pronounce Baumruk).

I love these reunions, and look forward to reconnecting with all my HF friends in September.

What has been your occupation?

Actor/spokesman/video producer/presentations coach

Comments for your classmates:

I am so looking forward to seeing you all. I went to St. Joseph grade school with many of you, played Little League and Pony League with others, went to Thornton for a few years with some of you, and just hanging out as a kid in the H-F area bumped into the rest. Looking at your pictures, I remember almost all of you, and I can hardly wait until September.

I love these reunions, and look forward to reconnecting with you all in September.

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6:14 PM

Please give my best to Jim...we used to hang out as kids.

11:33 AM

Tom and I were good friends, and played little league and pony league ball (and sandlot, as well) together in Homewooed back in the day.Years later I went to the Naval Academy, and ended up on a submarine in the Pacific. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Acapulco during one of our port visits, and as I was walking by a hotel/casita high in the hills, I heard a familiar was Tom, honeymooning with his wife.  Which called for a drink, or two...or three.  Don't rememberi getting back to the sub in the harbor, but since I wasn't court-martialed, I must have made it back.

He was a great guy, and a great friend...I miss him.

Brian Baumruk (now Collins)

TTHS '60

12:27 PM

Happy Birthday, Bill.

6:16 AM

Happy Birthday, Mary. It's been a long time since St. Joes.

Aug 19, 2015 at 6:14 AM

Happy Birthday, (ex) neighbor. I hope all is going well with you and your family.

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11:17 AM

Jack, I was in a submarine of the coast of Vietnam for a couple of tours in '67 and '69...may have played ASW games with you.

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6:36 PM

Dear Marg,

Happy Birthday from a voice out of the past. I hope all is going well with you and your family.

And speaking of your family, some of my fondest memories are playing football in the fall with Tom, Dave, and the Coggiola brothers, Pete, and Don at your house. What a golden time.

Hugs to you and yours

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9:01 AM

Bob, Happy Birthday...I hope all is going well with you. I really enjoyed our conversation at the big reunion a few years back. Even though I went to Thornton, most of my friends went to HF.

Be Well,

Brian Baumruk (now Collins)

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