'Diamond' Is a '7th Heaven' Star's Best Friend


Veteran "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins is set to journey deep into the heart of Africa and onto the big screen.

The Emmy nominated actor has scored a supporting role in "Blood Diamond," a political thriller from Warner Bros. This will be Collins' highest profile feature since he appeared in the teen flick "Drive Me Crazy" back in 1999.

Directed by Ed Zwick ("The Last Samurai"), "Blood Diamond" is already filming in South Africa. The drama stars Djimon Hounsou ("In America") as an African farmer who becomes involved in the fracas between a diamond smuggler (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the local mining syndicate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Collins will play an ambassador.

Collins played Reverend Eric Camden on The WB family drama from 1996-2006. Throughout the spring, all signs pointed to "7th Heaven" going off the air with the demise of the netlet. After extensive negotiations, though, the show got a renewal for The CW.

Early film credits for the actor include "All the President's Men," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brewster's Millions."

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