Misha Collins was born Dmitri Tippens Krushnic in Boston, Massachusetts, to Rebecca Tippens and Richard Edward Krushnic. He has Hungarian-Russian Jewish, German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Misha earned a BA in Social Theory from The University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors. Before turning to acting, he worked as a carpenter and woodworker in New England’s Berkshire Mountains. Misha also interned at the White House during the Clinton Administration and worked at National Public Radio headquarters in DC. Misha has spent several months in seclusion in monasteries in Yosemite, Tibet and elsewhere. Misha is a certified lifeguard, EMT and motorcyclist and is an amazing dad to both human and fur kids,
He has had recurring roles on ER and 24, and has guest-starred on NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI, CSI:NY, Monk and Charmed. On the big screen, Misha is most known for his role in a film called “Karla” about a real life serial killer named Paul Bernardo, a film he has openly said he regrets making due to the nature of the real life events the film is based upon. It was Misha’s role as Castiel in Supernatural that made him a fan favourtie across the globe. Since the conclusion on Supernautal, Misha has appeared in Encounter and Bridgewater and is currently hosting the delicious Roadfood.
A published poet with works in “The Columbia Poetry Review,” “The California Quarterly” and other literary journals, his newest book of poetry, “Some things I still cant tell you” stormed the New York seller list becoming a hit just as his delightful family cookbook, ” The Adventurous Eater’s Club” did a few years prior.
Misha founded the 501c3 Random Acts, which has built schools, orphanages, and mobilized people all over the world to participate in good works. Misha has run several marathons and ultra-marathons. He produces a cooking show with his son, “cooking fast and fresh with west” and he runs the world’s largest scavenger hunt, GISHWHES the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, which has helped him break 5 Guinness World Records. Recently he and costar Jensen Ackles launched the You are Not Alone initiative.