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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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Born:
Jun 8, 1936 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 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 Lucky
Poster of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Poster of Malibu U
Poster of The Flintstones
Filmography
Movie What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Himself 2018-10-12
Movie Lucky Paulie 2017-09-29
Series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vic Fontaine 1993-01-03
Series Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Movie Aliens From Another Planet Tony Newman 1982-03-10
Series T. J. Hooker Officer Jim Corrigan 1982-03-13
Movie Turnover Smith Georgie Green 1980-06-08
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie The Boss' Son Buddy Weistein 1978-10-02
Series The Love Boat Tony Streeter 1977-09-24
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series Battle of the Network Stars Unknown 1976-11-13
Series S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Movie The Lives of Jenny Dolan Orlando 1975-10-27
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Movie City Beneath the Sea Dr. Talty 1971-01-25
Movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood James Darren 1971-12-31
Series The Barbara McNair Show Unknown 1969-09-13
Movie Venus in Furs Jimmy Logan 1969-08-19
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Malibu U Unknown 1967-07-21
Series The Time Tunnel Tony Newman 1966-09-09
Movie For Those Who Think Young Gardner Ding Pruitt III 1964-06-01
Movie The Lively Set Casey Owens 1964-10-24
Movie Gidget Goes to Rome Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews) 1963-08-07
Movie Diamond Head Paul Kahana 1962-12-27
Movie The Guns of Navarone Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos 1961-04-27
Movie Gidget Goes Hawaiian Jeffrey "Moondoggy" Matthews 1961-06-02
Movie All the Young Men Pvt. Cotton 1960-08-26
Series The Flintstones Unknown 1960-09-30
Movie Let No Man Write My Epitaph Nick Romano 1960-11-10
Movie The Gene Krupa Story Eddie Sirota 1959-01-01
Movie Gidget Moondoggie 1959-04-09
Series The Dick Clark Show Unknown 1958-02-15
Movie Gunman's Walk Davy Hackett 1958-07-01
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Movie Operation Mad Ball Pvt. Widowskas 1957-01-01
Movie The Brothers Rico Johnny Rico 1957-09-01
Movie The Tijuana Story Mitch 1957-10-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Rumble on the Docks Jimmy Smigelski 1956-12-01
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18