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James Darren

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   James William Ercolani, known by his stage name James Darren, is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer. He wanted to be an actor and studied in New York City with Stella Adler for a number of years. He would also occasionally sing although he later said "I wasn't really a singer. I was a kid in Philly whose dad would take him to bars and nightclubs and I would get up and sing two songs." Darren was discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick after he got some photographs taken by Maurice Seymour to show potential agents: His secretary, a woman by the name of Yvonne Bouvier, asked me if I was interested in getting into film. I said yeah, I was. She said I know someone you should meet. She set up a meeting between me and Joyce Selznick, who worked for Screen Gems. Joyce brought me over to Columbia Pictures about a week later and got me a contract there. Columbia signed Darren to a long term contract in July 1956. A few weeks later, he was filming his first film, Rumble on the Docks. His appearance was well received and he got a lot of fan mail - second at the studio only to Kim Novak. Darren guest starred on an episode of TV's The Web ("Kill and Run") then Columbia gave him a support role in an "A" picture, the comedy Operation Mad Ball, starring Jack Lemmon. He had support roles in two films directed by Phil Karlson: The Brothers Rico and Gunman's Walk. In between he was in The Tijuana Story, although his role was relatively small. Darren was third billed in the surf film, Gidget. He also sang the title track. The film was a hit with teen audiences and so was the song. Darren wound up recording a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Another sizeable hit was "Her Royal Majesty". He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine"). Darren was third billed in a series of films for Columbia: The Gene Krupa Story, All the Young Men, and Let No Man Write My Epitaph. He had a cameo as himself in a teen film, Because They're Young, singing the title track. Darren had a supporting role in the World War II film The Guns of Navarone. Also popular was Gidget Goes Hawaiian, where Darren reprised his role as Moondoggie; he was given top billing. Darren also acted in Diamond Head as well as a third time in Gidget Goes to Rome, which he sang the title track for, Under the Yum Yum Tree. In 1963, Darren signed a seven picture deal with Universal, starting with The Lively Set. He was the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the animated film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, on the song "Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a". He was the singing voice of his own character "Jimmy Darrock" on an episode of The Flintstones. However the character's dialogue was provided by voice actor Lennie Weinrib. He subsequently launched a career as a director, notably of action-based series , including Hunter, The A-Team, Silk Stalkings, Renegade, and Nowhere Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Darren, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 8, 1936 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Academy Awards 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 2018-10-12
Known For
Poster of Gidget Goes to Rome
Poster of Diamond Head
Poster of Gidget Goes Hawaiian

James Darren Movies Filmography

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Himself 2018-10-12
Paulie 2017-09-29
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Vic Fontaine 1993-01-03
Melrose Place
Unknown 1992-07-08
T. J. Hooker
Officer Jim Corrigan 1982-03-13
Aliens From Another Planet
Tony Newman 1982-03-10
The Boss' Son
Buddy Weistein 1978-10-02
Unknown 1978-09-20
The Love Boat
Tony Streeter 1977-09-24
Charlie's Angels
Unknown 1976-09-22
The Lives of Jenny Dolan
Orlando 1975-10-27
Unknown 1975-02-24
Police Woman
Unknown 1974-09-13
Police Story
Unknown 1973-03-20
City Beneath the Sea
Dr. Talty 1971-01-25
Venus in Furs
Jimmy Logan 1969-08-19
Hawaii Five-O
Unknown 1968-09-20
The Time Tunnel
Tony Newman 1966-09-09
The Lively Set
Casey Owens 1964-10-24
For Those Who Think Young
Gardner Ding Pruitt III 1964-06-01
Gidget Goes to Rome
Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews) 1963-08-07
Diamond Head
Paul Kahana 1962-12-27
Gidget Goes Hawaiian
Jeffrey "Moondoggy" Matthews 1961-06-02
The Guns of Navarone
Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos 1961-04-27
Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Nick Romano 1960-11-10
The Flintstones
Unknown 1960-09-30
All the Young Men
Pvt. Cotton 1960-08-26
The Gene Krupa Story
Eddie Sirota 1959-01-01
Moondoggie 1959-04-09
The Donna Reed Show
Unknown 1958-09-24
Gunman's Walk
Davy Hackett 1958-07-01
The Dick Clark Show
Unknown 1958-02-15
The Tijuana Story
Mitch 1957-10-01
The Brothers Rico
Johnny Rico 1957-09-01
Operation Mad Ball
Pvt. Widowskas 1957-01-01
Rumble on the Docks
Jimmy Smigelski 1956-12-01
The Academy Awards
Unknown 1953-03-18

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