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Overview (3)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameJames William Ercolani
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 also gained fame in the early and mid-1960s as a singer, with several hits to his credit, including "Goodbye Cruel World" and "Her Royal Majesty". His film work tapered off in the 1960s, but he did much TV work and had two hit series, The Time Tunnel (1966) in the 1960s and T.J. Hooker (1982) in the 1980s.

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Spouse (2)

Evy Norlund (6 February 1960 - present) ( 2 children)
Gloria Barbara Terlitzsky (1955 - 25 June 1959) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (16)

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.
Father of CNN anchorman Jim Moret.
His wife, Evy Norlund, is the former Miss Denmark of 1958.
His current surname, Darren, since 1959, was inspired by the famous automobile of the 1950s.
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.
He is of Italian ancestry.
At one time in the 1970s he toured the country with comedian Buddy Hackett as a singer.
First wife Gloria Terlitzky was a childhood sweetheart. They had a son named Jim Moret. Second wife Evy Norlund, Miss Denmark of 1958, gave him two sons, Christian and Anthony.
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.
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.
As a teen he commuted from South Philly to New York to attend Stella Adler's drama classes.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008).
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).
Brother of John Darren.
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).
He is the only regular cast member of the Time Tunnel series that did not appear on the Land of The Giants TV show (the other four members were Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell, John Zaremba, and Lee Meriwether) which was also an Irwin Allen produced show.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on being a teen idol] At times it was Chinese torture.
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.

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