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James Darren

Biography

Even more compared to the typical teen idol, James Darren’s roots in authentic rock & roll were tenuous. Darren started documenting for Colpix in the past due ’50s at the start of a display career that noticed him star in various films, especially Gidget. More aware of standard MOR, display tune-like materials than rock and roll, and not a lot of a vocalist regardless, Darren was non-etheless marketed like a pop/rock and roll performer to his mainly young woman constituency. He went off a number of novelty-tinged strike singles in the first ’60s, which “Goodbye Cruel Globe,” which produced number 3, was the largest and best. Best Brill Building pop songwriters — like the Goffin-King, Mann-Weil, and Pomus-Shuman groups, in addition to Bob Crewe, Gloria Shayne, and Howard Greenfield — offered Darren materials, albeit material which was well below their typical standards. He documented a lot after his early-’60s heyday, achieving the Best 40 in 1967 with “All” and charting as past due as 1977 with “You Consider My Heart Apart.” Through the ’90s, Darren co-starred over the Superstar Trek spin-off Deep Space Nine as hologram crooner Vic Fontaine, reprising music in the series over the 1999 record This One’s In the Heart.

Quick Facts


Full Name James Darren
Height 1.79 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Television Director
Nationality American, Italian
Spouse Evy Norlund, Gloria Terlitsky
Children Jim Moret, Christian Darren, Tony Darren
Siblings John Darren
Music Songs Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty, Pin a Medal on Joey, Wild About That Girl, Hail to the Conquering Hero, Come Fly With Me, Here's to the Losers, Mary's Little Lamb, They Should Have Given You the Oscar, There's No Such Thing, Angel Face, Gegetta, Mighty Pretty Territory, Love Among the Young, Just Think of Tonight, You Take My Heart Away, If I Could Only Tell You, Because They're Young, Gotta Have Love, Hear What I Wanna Hear, Our Day Will Come, You Are My Dream, The Life of the Party, My Cup Runneth Over, Young World, The Best Is Yet to Come, Dream Big, Punch and Judy, Young & Warm & Wonderful, You'd Better Love Me, Only the Very Young, Too Young to Be True
Albums This One's from the Heart, Teenage Triangle, Teenage Triangle/More Teenage Triangle, Because of You, Love Among the Young, Love Songs from the Movies (Digitally Remastered), James Darren Sings for All Sizes, My Pledge of Love, Waltzing Matilda, Mammy Blue (Remastered), All, Gidget Goes Hawaiian (Expanded Edition), Your Smile, James Darren Sings for All Sizes/Love Among the Young, The Best of James Darren, Album No. 1, Teenage Triangle Revisited, Goodbye Cruel World the First Four Albums, 1959 - 1962, GIDGET, Young World, The Greatest Hits Collection, Let's Fall In Love, Goodbye Cruel World, Teen Idols, Tears In My Eyes, The Extended Play Collection, Vol. 131, Hand in Hand, YOU, Love Songs, Sweet Lorraine (25 Wonderfull Hits And Songs), Diamond Head, Teen Idol, Classics by James Darren, Vol. 1, Album No. 1: Rarity Music Pop, Vol. 307, Teenage Years - The Best Of, Love Along the Young, Classics by James Darren, Vol. 2, Gidget (Mono Version) [feat. Morris Stoloff et son orchestre], Goodbye My Lady Love, Ps - I Love You, James Darren, Emaline, The Essential James Darren, Classics by James Darren, Vol. 3
Movies Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, The Guns of Navarone, Gidget Goes to Rome, The Lively Set, The Gene Krupa Story, Rumble on the Docks, For Those Who Think Young, Diamond Head, Gunman's Walk, The Brothers Rico, Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Venus in Furs, Operation Mad Ball, All the Young Men, The Boss’s Son, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, City Beneath the Sea, The Lives of Jenny Dolan, The Tijuana Story, Mooch Goes to Hollywood, Lucky, Turnover Smith, Blood Sport, Police Story: Gladiator School, Old Legends Never Die, Hawaii Five-0: Number One With a Bullet, Revenge of the Gods, Raiders From Outer Space, Kill or Be Killed, Scruples
TV Shows T. J. Hooker, The Time Tunnel


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#Fact
1 Is a longtime friend of the late Julie London and the late Bobby Troup. In Darren's young career, he co-starred opposite her second husband in The Gene Krupa Story (1959).
2 Brother of John Darren.
3 He is the only actor to appear in all three "Gidget" films (as the same character): Gidget (1959), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963). Joby Baker also appeared in all 3 Gidget movies (as different characters).
4 Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008).
5 As a teen he commuted from South Philly to New York to attend Stella Adler's drama classes.
6 Introduced to talent agent Joyce Selznick by a secretary at a Photography Shop, on Broadway in New York City, called "Maurice Seymour of Hollywood". He was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1956 and given the name "James Darren" by the studio, in honor of the Kaiser-Darrin sports car.
7 He was originally not given the Moondoggie character in Columbia Pictures' Gidget (1959) because the role required two songs to sing and Darren had not proven himself a capable enough singer. On his own, he cut a single with the studio's recording subsidiary, Colpix Records, which charted. Columbia changed its mind and gave him the role despite the fact that he couldn't surf and was a weak swimmer. He nevertheless became a huge teen idol and reprised the Moondoggie role in both Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), all with different Gidgets: Sandra Dee; Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol.
8 First wife Gloria Terlitzky was a childhood sweetheart. They had a child named Jimmy. Second wife Evy Norlund, Miss Denmark of 1958, gave him two sons, Christian and Anthony.
9 At one time in the 1970s he toured the country with comedian Buddy Hackett as a singer.
10 He is of Italian ancestry.
11 Godfather of A.J. Lambert, who is the daughter of Nancy Sinatra and granddaughter of Frank Sinatra. Darren was a close friend of Sinatra and his family.
12 His current surname, Darren, since 1959, was inspired by the famous automobile of the 1950s.
13 His wife, Evy Norlund, is the former Miss Denmark of 1958.
14 Father of CNN anchorman Jim Moret.
15 Also known as a singer and his singing talents are revealed as the portrayal of the hologram Vic Fontaine on a couple of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) episodes.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky 2017/I post-production Paulie
Random Acts 2001 Allen
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1998-1999 TV Series Vic Fontaine
Melrose Place 1999 TV Series Tony Marlin
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Councilman Watson
Silk Stalkings 1994 TV Series
Renegade 1992 TV Series Lou Delgado
Raven 1992 TV Series Billy Sharp
T.J. Hooker 1982-1986 TV Series Officer Jim Corrigan Jim Corrigan Dan Danko
One Day at a Time 1983 TV Series Roger Alexander
Fantasy Island 1979-1982 TV Series Claude Duvalle / Brian Holmes / Michael Duvall
Scruples 1981 TV Movie Vito
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Tony Streeter
Turnover Smith 1980 TV Movie Georgie Green
Vega$ 1980 TV Series Paul Bracken
That's Life 1979 rumored
Hawaii Five-O 1978-1979 TV Series Johnny Munroe
The Boss' Son 1978 Buddy Weistein
Police Story 1977 TV Series Roger Lewis
Charlie's Angels 1977 TV Series David Barzak
The Feather and Father Gang 1977 TV Series Praeger
Black Sheep Squadron 1977 TV Series Lt. Col. Rod Towers, Movie Star
Police Woman 1976 TV Series Rick Matteo
S.W.A.T. 1976 TV Series Joey Wade
The Lives of Jenny Dolan 1975 TV Movie Orlando
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series Roger Barnes (segment "Love and the Monsters")
City Beneath the Sea 1971 TV Movie Dr. Talty
Venus in Furs 1969 Jimmy Logan
The Man from the 25th Century 1968 TV Short Tomo / Robert Prentiss
The Time Tunnel 1966-1967 TV Series Dr. Tony Newman Tony Newman
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1966 TV Series Omir
The Flintstones 1965 TV Series Jimmy Darrock
The Lively Set 1964 Casey Owens
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear 1964 Yogi Bear ('Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a') (singing voice)
For Those Who Think Young 1964 Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III
Gidget Goes to Rome 1963 Moondoggie (Jeff Matthews)
Diamond Head 1962 Paul Kahana
The Donna Reed Show 1959-1961 TV Series Kip Dennis / Jim Bryce / Buzz Berry
Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961 Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
The Guns of Navarone 1961 Pappadimos
Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 Nick Romano
All the Young Men 1960 Pvt. Cotton
The Lineup 1959 TV Series Vezey
The Gene Krupa Story 1959 Eddie Sirota
Kovacs on Music 1959 TV Movie Various
Gidget 1959 Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
Gunman's Walk 1958 Davy Hackett
The Tijuana Story 1957 Mitch
The Brothers Rico 1957 Johnny Rico
Operation Mad Ball 1957 Pvt. Widowskas
The Web 1957 TV Series Tony Roberts
Rumble on the Docks 1956 Jimmy Smigelski

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The A-Team 1986 TV Series 1 episode
T.J. Hooker 1986 TV Series 1 episode
Melrose Place 1996-1997 TV Series 2 episodes
Savannah 1996-1997 TV Series 4 episodes
Beverly Hills, 90210 1996 TV Series 2 episodes
Silk Stalkings 1994-1995 TV Series 3 episodes
Nowhere Man 1995 TV Series 1 episode
Renegade 1994 TV Series 1 episode
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Raven 1992-1993 TV Series 4 episodes
Tequila and Bonetti 1992 TV Series 1 episode
Hunter 1987-1991 TV Series 7 episodes
Hardball 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Police Story: Gladiator School 1988 TV Movie
Something Is Out There 1988/I TV Series
Werewolf 1987-1988 TV Series 8 episodes
Stingray 1987 TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vegas 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The King of Queens 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chooch 2003 performer: "MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY"
Hearts in Atlantis 2001 performer: "Come Fly With Me" 1958
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "Because They're Young"
Down to You 2000 performer: "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1998-1999 TV Series performer - 7 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lively Set 1964 performer: "The Lively Set"
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear 1964 performer: "Ven-E, Ven-O, Ven-A"
For Those Who Think Young 1964 performer: "For Those Who Think Love"
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special performer: "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963 performer: "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
Gidget Goes to Rome 1963 performer: "Gegetta", "Big Italian Moon"
The Donna Reed Show 1959-1961 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961 performer: "Wild About the Girl", "Gidget Goes Hawaiian"
All the Young Men 1960 performer: "All The Young Men"
Because They're Young 1960 performer: "Because They're Young"
The Gene Krupa Story 1959 performer: "Let There Be Love"
Gidget 1959 performer: "Gidget", "The Next Best Thing to Love"
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special performer: "Almost in Your Arms Love Song from Houseboat"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get a Life! 2012 TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Dimensions 2016 Documentary Himself
Get a Life! 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story 2010 Himself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2000-2002 TV Series Himself
Elvis Forever 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memories of Navarone 2000 Video documentary short Himself - Pappadimos
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Downey 1994 TV Series Himself
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Star's Table 1986 TV Series Himself - Co-Host
The Merv Griffin Show 1986 TV Series Himself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Creative Arts Awards
Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1984 TV Special Himself - ABC Team
The Hollywood Squares 1972-1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1968-1980 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host / Vocalist / ...
Sha Na Na 1979 TV Series Himself
The Donna Fargo Show 1978 TV Series Himself (1978)
Little Richard: Portrait of a Legend 1977 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1974-1977 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1962-1977 TV Series Himself
Plymouth Fury 1977 Short Himself
Liar's Club 1976 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
Match Game 73 1974-1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
All-Star Baffle 1974 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1973 TV Series Himself
Mooch Goes to Hollywood 1971 TV Movie Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Barbara McNair Show 1969 TV Series Himself
It Takes Two 1969 TV Series Panelist
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
Romp!!! 1968 TV Special Himself
The Woody Woodbury Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Bachelor Judge
Malibu U. 1967 TV Series Himself
The Pat Boone Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Hollywood a Go Go 1965-1966 TV Series Himself - Singer
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Himself
Shivaree 1965 TV Series Himself
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Himself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Performer
Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963 Himself - Singer Behind Title Credits
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Actor / Vocalist / Himself - Vocalist / ...
Honeymoon on Rhodes 1961 Short Himself / Narrator
The Jo Stafford Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1959-1961 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961 TV Series Himself
Because They're Young 1960 Himself - Singer
The Dick Clark Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series Himself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Dr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel
Aliens from Another Planet 1982 TV Movie Tony Newman
Teen Scene 1964 Video short Himself
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actor 'Diamondhead' (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male New Personality 9th place.


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#Quote
1 I think Ricky Nelson said it best in "Garden Party": "You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself." If you're content with doing what you're doing, stick with it. If not, find the road that takes you there.
2 [on being a teen idol] At times it was Chinese torture.


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