James Darren

James Darren

Highest Rated: 97% Lucky (2017)

Lowest Rated: 50% Gidget (1959)

Birthday: Jun 08, 1936

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Born Jimmy Ercolini and raised on 10th Street between Ritner and Porter in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood that produced Fabian, Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon, James Darren grew into a tall, dark and handsome Italian heartthrob who would also enjoy a run as a teenage singing sensation. While studying acting with Stella Adler in NYC, a chance meeting with Columbia Pictures eastern talent scout Joyce Selznick opened the door to a screen career, and he joined the studio's stable of fine young actors, delivering a standout performance in his feature debut as the juvenile gang leader and star of "Rumble on the Docks" (1956). Darren continued to impress in subsequent outings but really came into his own as Jeff 'Moondoggie' Matthews opposite Sandra Dee's "Gidget" (1959). Especially effective as the young man torn between the carefree surfing life and the responsibilities of growing up, he also displayed a pleasant singing voice on the film's title song and the even better "The Next Best Thing to Love," launching a recording career that boasted five Top 10 singles during the early 60s, including the Grammy-nominated "Goodbye Cruel World" (1961), which peaked at Number Three.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% 82% Lucky Paulie (Character) $955.7K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story: Gladiator School Director - 1988
No Score Yet 82% Blood Sport Officer Jim Corrigan (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 80% Scruples Vito (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turnover Smith Georgie Green (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Number One With a Bullet Johnny Munroe (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boss' Son Buddy Weistein (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lives of Jenny Dolan Orlando (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 100% Mooch Goes to Hollywood Self - 1971
No Score Yet 33% City Beneath the Sea Dr. Talty (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 56% Venus in Furs Jimmy Logan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Legends Never Die Unknown (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raiders From Outer Space Dr. Tony Newman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kill or Be Killed Dr. Tony Newman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Revenge of the Gods Dr. Tony Newman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aliens From Another Planet Tony Newman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 17% For Those Who Think Young Gardner "Ding" Pruitt III (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lively Set Casey Owens (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 58% Diamond Head Paul Kahana (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 53% Gidget Goes to Rome Moondoggie (Character) - 1963
92% 86% The Guns of Navarone Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 66% Gidget Goes Hawaiian Moondoggie (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let No Man Write My Epitaph Nick Romano (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 43% All the Young Men Pvt. Cotton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 62% The Gene Krupa Story Eddie Sirota (Character) - 1959
50% 86% Gidget Jeffrey Matthews (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 87% Gunman's Walk Davy Hackett (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% The Brothers Rico Johnny Rico (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tijuana Story Mitch (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 37% Operation Mad Ball Pvt. Widowskas (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rumble on the Docks Jimmy Smigelski (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick Guest 2015
90% 87% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vic Fontaine (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Melrose Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
75% No Score Yet Savannah Director 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Director 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renegade Lou Delgado (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The A-Team Director 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Rick Matteo (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Tunnel Unknown (Character) 1966-1967

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