Misha Collins

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Young Misha and his mom

Misha Collins plays the angel Castiel on Supernatural. Misha has also appeared as the characters Jimmy Novak, Lucifer, the Cosmic Entity, and the Apocalypse World version of Castiel.


Misha Collins (birth name Dmitri Tippens Krushnic) was born August 20, 1974. He grew up in Massachusetts. After attending the Greenfield Center School, Misha graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in 1992. In the following year, he pursued a wide variety of interests, including a job at NPR headquarters, a White House internship during the Clinton administration, construction work, and an EMT certification course. He then went on to the University of Chicago where he studied social theory. After college, Misha moved to Washington, DC with his partner Victoria Vantoch, a writer, and started an educational software company. Then, on a lark, Misha decided to take an acting class, and soon found himself in the midst of a career change. He got a call for a role in Liberty Heights (directed by Barry Levinson), and then landed a part in Girl, Interrupted. He moved to Los Angeles soon thereafter, and now has a substantial list of acting credits to his name, including roles on 24, ER, CSI, Monk, Charmed and NYPD Blue.

Having traveled in Russia and mastered the accent, Misha has been called on several times to play Russian characters in television series—most notably the villainous assassin, Alexis Drazen, on 24. He has also appeared in seven independent feature films, most notably Stonehenge Apocalypse. Misha wrote and directed the short film Stranger Danger as well as serving as producer on and also acted in the web series Divine: The Series.

On September 23, 2010, Misha and Vicki welcomed their first child into the world, West Anaximander Collins. Two years later on September 25, 2012, they would have daughter, Maison Marie Collins.

  • Cooking Fast and Fresh with West is a video where the cooking is slow and adorable rather than fast and furious, but you are guaranteed to love this video of Misha and West shopping and making dinner. Warning - contains footage of Misha and West eating broccoli

Misha comes out...as straight

Misha seemingly coming out as bisexual during a at a dinner event with 200 fans at the Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2022 on April 22nd when Misha asked the crowd "How many of you would consider yourself introverts? How many extroverts? And how many bisexuals?" to which there was an enthusiastic response from the crowd. After a pause, Misha added quietly "I'm all three." This was picked up by both fans and a number of media outlets. However following the Con he clarified that he was indeed straight:

I want to deeply apologize for misspeaking this weekend. At a fan convention in New Jersey, when I was talking with the audience I said that I was “all three” things: an introvert, an extrovert and a bisexual. My clumsy intention was to wave off actually discussing my sexuality, but I badly fumbled that and understand that was seen as me coming out as bisexual. This was not my intention so I need to correct the record: I am not bisexual. I happen to be straight, but I am also a fierce ally and the last thing I want to do is falsely co-opt the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community. I believe and fully support that we need to sanctify the human right to express our identities honestly and to be free to love whomever we choose openly. I am deeply sorry for the clumsiness of my language. I want to be a better ally and I feel sick to my stomach that I might have done anything to make things worse. I’m trying to learn, trying to do better and I will keep listening. Thanks and I’m sorry, Misha.

At Creation New Jersey 2023, Misha said that Warner Brothers did reach out to him before his apology, and asked if he could let it go but he said that he didn't want to mislead people on his sexual orientation.


  • Recurring role: Seasons 4 & 7
  • Special Guest Star: Season 8
  • Series Regular: Seasons 5–6, 9-present
  • In Season 12, Misha's billing in the opening credits reads "and Misha Collins." This type of credit, sometimes called "last billing," is typically contractually negotiated by well-known actors in supporting roles.
Misha Collins as Castiel

Director of:

6.15 The French Mistake

Name Misha Collins
Actor Misha Collins
Dates August 20, 1974 - 2011 (killed by Virgil)
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Episode(s) 6.15 The French Mistake

In the alternate reality, Misha Collins likes tweeting and is keen to become friends with Jared and Jensen. The first time they see Misha, Sam and Dean mistake him for Castiel, and Misha believes they are pranking him by pretending to be Sam and Dean. The next day on his way home from the set, the angel hitman Virgil kidnaps Misha, takes him to a dark alley, and slits his throat, killing him. He then uses Misha's blood in a goblet of blood to contact Raphael.

Misha Collins spent a lot of time on Twitter in the episode, and at one point he tweets "Ola mishamigos! J2 got me good. Really starting to feel like one of the guys." During the U.S. East Coast airing of that episode, the tweet appeared on Misha's profile (Source). During the U.S. West Coast airing of the episode, Misha tweeted, "IMHO j&j had a late one last night. Rotflmfao!" (Source). After both of the airings were over, Misha then tweeted, "My phone was stolen and apparently cast into a parallel universe devoid of magic. I've retrieved it. I promise it won't happen again" (Source). All three tweets were retweeted by over 100 people in a matter of hours.

The words #Misha, #metamadness and #kripke all made it into the Top Ten Trending Topics in the United States as the episode went to air.

Convention Appearances

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Misha and Vicki and their daughter, tweeted by Misha.
  • House burned down when he was in high school.
  • His Mother went to Russia when she was in college. She had a boyfriend at the time named Dmitri, which is shortened to the nickname Mitya. She misunderstood and nicknamed her son Misha, after the name Mikhail instead.
  • Has one brother named Sasha, and two sisters named Danielle and Elizabeth
  • Worked as a carpenter to put himself through college.
  • Went to University of Chicago and studied Social Theory.
  • Once worked as a White House intern as well as at National Public Radio (NPR).
  • He is a published poet. Two of his poems; "Baby Pants" and "Old Bones," can be found in the 2008 edition of the Columbia Poetry Review #21.
  • Spent time at a monastery in Nepal. Still practices Buddhist meditation and goes on a 10 day retreat once a year.
  • Started his own software company.
  • Built his own home, and almost all the furniture in it, save for a couple chairs on the deck.
  • Read he Book of Revelation as preparation for role as Castiel.

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