Acting becomes a second career for the country star
My favorite singer is Mark Collie, but I haven’t heard anything new from him in a long time. Could you tell me if he is still singing?
—Wilma B., Tennessee
The country singer who made his mark in the 1990s with hits like Born To Love You has been busy filming a movie. He plays a bad guy in the upcoming John Travolta film, The Punisher, based on the Marvel comic. He’ll also perform a song that he wrote for the film on the soundtrack. Acting has been a second career for the Waynesboro, Tenn. (pop. 2,228), native since he was cast in the Steven Seagal film Fire Down Below in 1997. He’s appeared in the TV shows Walker, Texas Ranger and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. He also wrote, produced and starred in his own short film, I Still Miss Someone, in which Collie played the young Johnny Cash. Music-wise, he’s still writing regularly—he’s had songs cut by Tim McGraw, George Jones and Garth Brooks. He recorded a live album at Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Prison in 2001, which has yet to be released, though an unfinished documentary of the concert has been shown as a work-in-progress at a number of film festivals and won a number of film festival awards. Collie, who married country singer Coley McCabe in October, expects to record again, so keep your ears open.