Bass Lake High School alumnus who forged a movie career plans to return for the holidays

By Clara Glendale | Entertainment/Features

He's back! (Soon).
He’s back! (Soon).

One of our own is returning.

Collins Perkins (born Eugene Jimmerschmidt), a 1992 graduate of Bass Lake High School, plans to come home for the holidays this month.

Perkins, 41, of Near-Hollywood, Calif., will “bop over for a few days” sometime between Dec. 21 and New Year’s Day, according to family reports.

Public appearances are pending.

Perkins is best-known as camera operator for box-office near-misses that include “Blair Witch? There, Castle” and “Benvolio & Juliet: The Musical.”

During his time at BL High, then-Jimmerschmidt was an aspiring actor who performed in several school theater productions, including a stunning performance as Toto in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1991.

It marks Perkins’ first return to Bass Lake since 2001, when he “felt an obligation to reconnect with family” in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. No reason was given for this year’s trip, although studio sources say it coincides with an early-January film-shoot in Cleveland for “Six Degrees of Armageddon,” scheduled for release in 2016.

Perkins was unavailable for comment. Family members did comment, but most of the quotes proved irrelevant.

Max Fontaine and Jackson Frolic contributed to this report.


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