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Daniel Collins
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Portrayed by

David Henesy
Louis Edmonds

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Biographical Information

Daniel Collins


12 (1796)
56 (at time of death)

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Seizure induced by Gabriel Collins


New York, USA

Family members

Millicent Collins (Sister)
Joshua Collins (Cousin)
Theodore Collins (Father)
Harriet Collins (Wife)
Quentin Collins (Son)
Gabriel Collins (Son)

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This article is about the brother of Millicent Collins who lived in Collinwood from 1795 through 1840. For the son of Quentin Collins in Parallel Time, see Daniel Collins (PT).

Daniel Collins (1784 - 1840) was a member of the Collins family, originally from New York.

18th Century[]

Early Life[]

Daniel Collins was born in 1785 as the son of Theodore Collins. He was raised in New York, and had an older sister named Millicent Collins. Millicent raised him after their parents were killed in a carriage accident in 1790 (373).

In late 1795, his elder sister Millicent and he arrived at the venerable mansion known as Collinwood to attend the wedding of Barnabas Collins and Josette DuPres Collins (373) where they lived with their extended family. Daniel developed a close bond with his cousin, Sarah Collins, but was devastated when the young girl passed away from pneumonia (415). (In truth, Sarah's illness was actually the result of a spiteful witch known as Angelique).

19th Century[]


His cousin Joshua Collins was always kind to young Daniel, and following the deaths of Sarah and Naomi, Joshua adopted Daniel and raised him as his own son. Millicent died sometime before 1840, leaving Daniel as the sole heir to the Collins family fortune, and his father Joshua, told him the family secret in 1805, before his death (706).

As an adult, Daniel married a woman named Harriet in 1806, but they had an unhappy marriage, with the two constantly arguing with each other. He later became the patriarch of Collinwood. Daniel and Harriet had two sons, Quentin in 1808, and Gabriel Collins in 1811. Becoming the patriarch of Collinwood had made Daniel an arrogant and vulgar man, who was abusing both his wife, Harriet and his son, Gabriel. He thought little of his son Gabriel, and considered him “dead” when he became crippled. He often thought, that Harriet coddled Gabriel.

In 1830, Daniel murdered Harriet Collins, and thrown her body off Widows' Hill, Daniel never attended her funeral. The death soon became a well-known family secret. Due to his guilt and shame over killing Harriet, Daniel later became senile.

The Head[]

In late 1840, the Collins family was set upon by the spirit of centuries old warlock named Judah Zachery. Although dead, the Head of Judah Zachery contained the warlock's malevolent spirit, and whoever took possession of the head became Judah's unwilling slave. The head passed through several hands but ultimately came into the possession of a seaman named Gerard Stiles (a friend of Quentin Collins). Zachery took complete possession of Stiles and used the younger man's personality and charm to insinuate his way into the Collins family fortune.

Gerard framed Quentin for two murders and various acts of Satanism and convinced Daniel to alter his will leaving the Collins estate to Gerard rather than Quentin. Daniel's mental stability was greatly traumatized by the event and his health took a turn for the worse. Compounding the ailing Daniel's stress was the appearance of a woman named Valerie Collins. Valerie was in fact Angelique in disguise. She had terrorized Collinsport nearly fifty years earlier. Daniel recalled Angelique from his childhood memories; she quickly banished his memories by calling up Harriet's ghost, saying that each time he began to remember Angélique, he would remember Harriet as well (1131). 


In the end, it was actually Daniel's second son, Gabriel, who ended his life. Upon learning that the family fortune was to be left to Gerard Stiles, Gabriel assaulted his father inducing a seizure which ultimately claimed his life. (1160) Daniel's ghost came back to haunt Gabriel until his death (1191). 

In 1897, when Edith Collins died, she claimed Daniel was the one who came to get her (706).


Daniel Collins was David Henesy's second role on the show as well as Louis Edmonds's fifth role on the show.

Other Versions[]

  • This version of Daniel Collins also made cameo appearances in the Innovation#Dark Shadows: Book Two comic book limited series by Innovation Comics. This is a Daniel from a different universe
  • Reference was made to Daniel Collins in the 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows. David Collins dressed as his ancestor, Daniel, for a costume ball. This is a Daniel from a different universe.


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