James Darren

Born Jun 8, 1936

James William Ercolani, known by his stage name James Darren, is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer.

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Darren and his wife are godparents to Nancy Sinatra's daughter, Angela Jennifer Lambert, (Frank Sinatra's first grandchild). Darren and Nancy Sinatra also share a birthday, June 8, 1936 and 1940, respectively. … Read More


1959 23 Years Old 1 More Event
This encompassed roles in films, most notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World" (#3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). … Read More
1961 25 Years Old Darren's role in the 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an attempt to break out of his teen image.
1964 28 Years Old He was the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the 1964 animated film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, on the song "Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a". … Read More


1983 47 Years Old Later Darren had a regular role as Officer James Corrigan on the television police drama T. J. Hooker from 1983–1986. … Read More


1998 62 Years Old In 1998, he achieved renewed popularity as a singer through his appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the role of holographic crooner and advice-giver Vic Fontaine; many of his performances on the show were re-recorded for the album This One's From the Heart (1999).
2001 65 Years Old The album showed Darren, a close friend of Frank Sinatra, comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up Because of You showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett.
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