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Rickey D'Shon Collins (born 3 June 1983; age 34) is the actor and voice artist who played Eric Burton, a civilian child on the USS Enterprise-D, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episodes "Liaisons", "Masks", and "Firstborn".
Collins made his acting debut on Home Improvement in the first season episode "Wild Kingdom" with Stephen Root. Collins began his movie career in the 1993 telefim Father & Son: Dangerous Relations with Clarence Williams III. Collins next lent his voice to 1994's animated "Once Upon a Forest" with Paul Eiding and Ben Vereen. That same year, Collins made his big screen debut in the kids sports film "Little Giants" costarring Mark Holton, Courtney Peldon, Jon Paul Steur, Susanna Thompson and Frank Welker.