James Darren

James Darren

Highest Rated: 97% Lucky (2017)

Lowest Rated: 55% Gidget (1959)

Birthday: Jun 8, 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.

Highest rated movies

Lucky
The Guns of Navarone
Gidget

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% 81% 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 36% 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 Revenge of the Gods 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 Aliens From Another Planet Tony Newman (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 21% 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 54% Diamond Head Paul Kahana (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 53% Gidget Goes to Rome Moondoggie (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 66% Gidget Goes Hawaiian Moondoggie (Character) - 1961
92% 86% The Guns of Navarone Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 43% All the Young Men Pvt. Cotton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let No Man Write My Epitaph Nick Romano (Character) - 1960
55% 86% Gidget Jeffrey Matthews (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 59% The Gene Krupa Story Eddie Sirota (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 88% Gunman's Walk Davy Hackett (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 38% Operation Mad Ball Pvt. Widowskas (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 48% The Brothers Rico Johnny Rico (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tijuana Story Mitch (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
91% 88% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vic Fontaine (Guest Star) 1998-1999
No Score Yet 0% Melrose Place Tony Marlin (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 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Director 1993
No Score Yet 61% The A-Team Director 1986
No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979 1981-1982
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