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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Moondoggie the surfer in Gidget
Vocal, Show Tunes, Jazz, Swing, Early Pop/Rock, Vocal Pop, Stage & Screen, Teen Idols, Standards, Brill Building Pop
Campy, Amiable/Good-Natured, Carefree, Theatrical, Sugary, Innocent, Sentimental, Romantic, Fun, Light, Happy, Joyous, Playful, Whimsical, Earnest, Elegant, Naive, Sweet
Actor/Actress, Director, Soundtrack
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Even more than the typical teen idol, James Darren`s roots in authentic rock & roll were tenuous. Darren began recording for Colpix in the late `50s at the beginning of a screen career that saw him star in numerous films, most notably Gidget. More at home with standard MOR, show tune-like material than rock, and not much of a singer in any case, Darren was nonetheless marketed as a pop/rock performer to his predominantly young female constituency. He ran off quite a few novelty-tinged hit singles in the early `60s, of which "Goodbye Cruel World," which made number three, was the biggest and best. Top Brill Building pop songwriters -- including the Goffin-King, Mann-Weil, and Pomus-Shuman teams, as well as Bob Crewe, Gloria Shayne, and Howard Greenfield -- gave Darren material, albeit material that was well below their usual standards. He recorded quite a bit after his early-`60s heyday, reaching the Top 40 in 1967 with "All" and charting as late as 1977 with "You Take My Heart Away." During the `90s, Darren co-starred on the Star Trek spin-off Deep Space Nine as hologram crooner Vic Fontaine, reprising songs from the series on the 1999 album This One`s From the Heart. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
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James William Ercolani
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James William Ercolani (born June 8, 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is an Italian-American television and film actor, television director, and singer.
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Biography by Hal Erickson
Philadelphia-born James Darren came to Hollywood armed with far more impressive credentials than most teen idols, notably several years' training with Stella Adler. Signed to a Columbia Pictures contract in 1956, Darren was developed into a popular leading man-and, briefly, a recording artist. Columbia required him to show up in everything from 1958's Gidget to a 1965 episode of TV's The Flintstones (as "Jimmy Darrock"). In 1966, Darren was cast as Dr. Tony Newman on the Irwin Allen sci-fi TVer Time Tunnel, wherein he was given the unenviable task of reacting in alarm to miles and miles of 20th Century-Fox stock footage. After Time Tunnel folded in 1967, Darren's career was one of a few peaks and several valleys. Though he'd never really been away, Darren made what was labelled a comeback in 1982 in the solid supporting role of Officer Jim Corrigan on the weekly William Shatner TV vehicle T.J. Hooker. Since that time, James Darren has received a number of plum guest-star assignments on various TV dramatic and comedy programs, and has directed individual installments of such programs as Police Story.
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In Current Relationship with Barbara Bouchet
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According to our records James Darren is currently single.
He previously dated Evy Norlund in 1960 and Gloria Terlitsky from 1955 to 1959.
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