James Darren

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Tall, good-looking James Darren was a student of acting coach Stella Adler and made his name in the 1950s in a series of teenage-themed films. A better actor than most of his contemporary teenage heartthrobs, he nevertheless found it difficult to escape the teen-idol image he got in pictures like Gidget (1959) and Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961). He ... See full bio »

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The Guns of Navarone Spyros Pappadimos
Gidget Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
Hearts in Atlantis Soundtrack
T.J. Hooker Officer Jim Corrigan / Dan Danko


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 2017/I Lucky
 2001 Random Acts
 1998-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Vic Fontaine
- What You Leave Behind (1999) ... Vic Fontaine
- Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang (1999) ... Vic Fontaine
- The Emperor's New Cloak (1999) ... Vic Fontaine (uncredited)
- It's Only A Paper Moon (1998) ... Vic Fontaine
- The Siege of AR-558 (1998) ... Vic Fontaine
 1999 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Tony Marlin
- Dead Men Don't Shut Up (1999) ... Tony Marlin
- Lexi Gets Stiffed (1999) ... Tony Marlin
- Floral Knowledge (1999) ... Tony Marlin
- Bitter Homes and Guardians (1999) ... Tony Marlin
- The Daughterboy (1999) ... Tony Marlin
 1997 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Councilman Matthew Watson
- Murder Blues (1997) ... Councilman Matthew Watson
 1994 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
 1992 Renegade (TV Series)
Lou Delgado
- Second Chance (1992) ... Lou Delgado
 1992 Raven (TV Series)
Billy Sharp
- Is Someone Crazy in Here or Is It Me (1992) ... Billy Sharp (uncredited)
 1982-1986 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Officer Jim Corrigan / Dan Danko
- Deadly Force (1986) ... Officer Jim Corrigan
- Into the Night (1986) ... Officer Jim Corrigan
- Blood Sport (1986) ... Officer Jim Corrigan
- Death Trip (1986) ... Officer Jim Corrigan
- Partners in Death (1986) ... Officer Jim Corrigan
 1983 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Roger Alexander
- The Cruise (1983) ... Roger Alexander
 1979-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Claude Duvalle / Brian Holmes / Michael Duvall
- Sitting Duck/Sweet Suzi Swann (1982) ... Claude Duvalle
- The Searcher/the Way We Weren't (1981) ... Brian Holmes
- The Mermaid/the Victim (1979) ... Michael Duvall
 1981 Scruples (TV Movie)
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Tony Streeter
 1980 Turnover Smith (TV Movie)
Georgie Green
 1980 Vega$ (TV Series)
Paul Bracken
- Consortium (1980) ... Paul Bracken
 1979 That's Life (rumored)
 1978-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Johnny Munroe
- Number One with a Bullet: Part 2 (1979) ... Johnny Munroe
- Number One with a Bullet: Part 1 (1978) ... Johnny Munroe
 1978 The Boss' Son
Buddy Weistein
 1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Roger Lewis
- Stigma (1977) ... Roger Lewis
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
David Barzak
- Circus of Terror (1977) ... David Barzak
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
- For the Love of Sheila (1977) ... Praeger
 1977 Black Sheep Squadron (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Rod Towers
- The War Biz Warrior (1977) ... Lt. Col. Rod Towers
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Rick Matteo
- Task Force: Part II (1976) ... Rick Matteo
- Task Force: Part I (1976) ... Rick Matteo
 1976 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Joey Wade
- The Running Man: Part 2 (1976) ... Joey Wade
- The Running Man: Part 1 (1976) ... Joey Wade
 1975 The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Movie)
 1974 Mooch (TV Movie)
James Darren
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Roger Barnes (segment "Love and the Monsters")
 1971 City Beneath the Sea (TV Movie)
Dr. Talty
 1969 Venus in Furs
Jimmy Logan
 1968 The Man from the 25th Century (TV Short)
Tomo / Robert Prentiss
 1966-1967 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Dr. Tony Newman
- Town of Terror (1967) ... Dr. Tony Newman
- Raiders from Outer Space (1967) ... Dr. Tony Newman
- The Kidnappers (1967) ... Dr. Tony Newman
- Merlin the Magician (1967) ... Dr. Tony Newman
- Attack of the Barbarians (1967) ... Dr. Tony Newman
 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- The Mechanical Man (1966) ... Omir
 1965 The Flintstones (TV Series)
Jimmy Darrock
- Surfin' Fred (1965) ... Jimmy Darrock (voice)
 1964 The Lively Set
Casey Owens
 1964 For Those Who Think Young
Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III
 1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear ('Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a') (singing voice)
 1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree
James Darren - Singer Behind Title Credits
 1963 Gidget Goes to Rome
Moondoggie (Jeff Matthews)
 1962 Diamond Head
Paul Kahana
 1959-1961 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Kip Dennis / Jim Bryce / Buzz Berry
- One Starry Night (1961) ... Kip Dennis / Jim Bryce
- April Fool (1959) ... Buzz Berry
 1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian
Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
 1961 The Guns of Navarone
Spyros Pappadimos
 1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Nick Romano
 1960 All the Young Men
Pvt. Cotton
 1959 The Gene Krupa Story
Eddie Sirota
 1959 The Lineup (TV Series)
- Vengeful Knife (1959) ... Vezey
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie)
 1959 Gidget
Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
 1958 Gunman's Walk
Davy Hackett
 1957 The Tijuana Story
 1957 The Brothers Rico
Johnny Rico
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Pvt. Widowskas
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
Tony Roberts
- Kill and Run (1957) ... Tony Roberts
 1956 Rumble on the Docks
Jimmy Smigelski
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Alternate Names:

James & Evy | James & Gloria


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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 ... See more »

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