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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1936 Birth Born in Philadelphia, on June 8, 1936, Darren began his career as a teen idol, having been discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick. … Read More


1955 19 Years Old In 1955 Darren married Gloria Terlitsky, his sweetheart since 1953. … Read More


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Darren and Terlitsky had a son James Jr., or Jimmy, and divorced in 1958. … Read More
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He notably played Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, and recorded 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. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old In 1963 he signed a seven picture deal with Universal, starting with The Lively Set.
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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