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      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

      97% Lucky
      92% The Guns of Navarone
      55% Gidget

      Photos

      GIDGET GOES TO ROME, James Darren, Cindy Carol, 1963. GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN, James Darren, 1961 THE GENE KRUPA STORY, Sal Mineo, James Darren, 1959 THE GENE KRUPA STORY, Susan Kohner, James Darren, Sal Mineo, 1959 THE DEVIL AT 4 O'CLOCK, James Darren (left) visiting Frank Sinatra (right), on set, 1961 GUNS OF NAVARONE, Irene Papas, James Darren, Anthony Quayle, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Gia Scala, 1961 GIDGET GOES TO ROME, James Darren, Cindy Carol, 1963. THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, from left: Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Stanley Baker, James Darren, 1961 THE LIVELY SET, George Huebner, designer of the Chrysler Turbine engine, Marilyn Maxwell, Pamela Tiffin, James Darren, Joanie Sommers, Doug McLure, 1964 THE BROTHERS RICO, front to back: Richard Conte, James Darren, Paul Picerni, 1957, SPTI-01.tif, Photo by: (brico_stl_1_h.jpg), Photo by: (brico_stl_1_h.jpg) THE LIVELY SET, from left: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Joanie Sommers, Doug McClure, 1964 THE BROTHERS RICO, from left: James Darren, Kathryn Grant (standing), Richard Conte, 1957, SPTI-02.tif, Photo by: (brico_stl_2_h.jpg), Photo by: (brico_stl_2_h.jpg) THE GENE KRUPA STORY, James Darren, (second from left), Sal Mineo, (right), 1959 GIDGET GOES TO ROME, James Darren, Cindy Carol, 1963. ALL THE YOUNG MEN, James Darren, Sidney Poitier, Ingemar Johansson, Alan Ladd, 1960 THE GENE KRUPA STORY, Red Nichols, James Darren, 1959 ALL THE YOUNG MEN, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Alan Ladd, 1960 GIDGET, Cliff Robertson, Sandra Dee, James Darren, 1959 ALL THE YOUNG MEN, from left: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Glenn Corbett, Paul Richards, sharing a box of cigars, on set, 1960. LET NO MAN WRITE MY EPITAPH, James Darren, Burl Ives, Jean Seberg, 1960

      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 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 20% 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 57% Diamond Head Paul Kahana (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 52% Gidget Goes to Rome Moondoggie (Character) - 1963
      92% 86% The Guns of Navarone Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 65% Gidget Goes Hawaiian Moondoggie (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 45% All the Young Men Pvt. Cotton (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 60% Let No Man Write My Epitaph Nick Romano (Character) - 1960
      55% 86% Gidget Jeffrey Matthews (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 64% The Gene Krupa Story Eddie Sirota (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 89% Gunman's Walk Davy Hackett (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 41% 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
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vic Fontaine (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 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 No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Director 1993
      No Score Yet 67% 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) 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