|Charles Collins (MGM)|
|Known aliases||Quentin Collins|
|Base of Operations||Collinwood, Collinsport, Maine|
|Known relatives||Gabriel Collins (brother, deceased); Angelique Collins (sister-in-law, deceased); Laura Collins (wife, deceased); Quentin Collins (descendent)|
|Year of birth||Unknown|
|Year of death||Unknown|
|First Appearance||Night of Dark Shadows (1971)|
|Played by||David Selby|
Charles Collins was the Collins family patriarch living at the lavish Collinwood estate in the early 19th century. In 1810, Charles Collins had an affair with his brother Gabriel's wife, Angelique. Angelique loved Charles more than she could ever love Gabriel, and the two enjoyed a passionate if albeit brief love affair. Charles learned that Angelique was actually a witch, and that she had cast a spell upon him, which forced him to fall in love with her.
One evening, Gabriel learned of his wife's mystical heritage, as well as her extra-marital indiscretions with Charles. The two brothers came to blows and Gabriel's marriage to Angelique was essentially destroyed. Gabriel alerted a local clergyman named Reverend Strack who promptly had Angelique arrested for witchcraft (he charged her with the mysterious murder of a fellow clergyman named Harridge).
After Angelique's trial and subsequent execution, Charles went insane. He tracked Reverend Strack down and trampled him to death beneath the feet of his horse.
The story of Angelique did not end with her death however. Her ghost lived on through the years and manifested itself at Collinwood in the year 1971. By this time, Charles' descendent, Quentin Collins had become the heir of Collinwood. Quentin was the reincarnation of Charles Collins. Angelique's ghost used her magic to slowly infuse the spirit of Charles Collins inside the body of Quentin. As Charles' influence became dominant, he attempted to eradicate all emotional ties to Quentin; namely, his wife Tracy and his friends, Alex and Claire Jenkins.
Before long, Charles Collins took full and permanent possession of Quentin Collins.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Charles Collins had a small scar that ran down the left side of his cheek.
- Charles Collins walked with a limp. The nature of his injury has never been revealed.