James William Ercolani (born June 8, 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1936, Darren began his career as a teen idol, having been discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick. This encompassed roles in films, most notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World" (#3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Another sizeable hit with "Her Royal Majesty" (#6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962). He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine").
Darren's role in the 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an attempt to break out of his teen image. He then achieved success co-starring as impulsive scientist and adventurer Tony Newman in the science fiction television series, The Time Tunnel (1966--1967).
Later, Darren had a regular role as Officer James Corrigan on the television police drama T.J. Hooker from 1983--1986. Subsequently he worked as a director on many action-based television series, including Hunter, The A-Team, and Nowhere Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
In 1998 he achieved renewed popularity as a singer through his appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the role of holographic crooner and advice-giver Vic Fontaine; many of his performances on the show were recorded for the album This One's From the Heart (1999). The album showed Darren, a close friend of Frank Sinatra, comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up Because of You showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett.
Darren dated Barbara Bouchet after she won the "Miss Gidget" contest in 1959. He has been married twice:
His first wife was Gloria Terlitzky with whom he had one son, Jim Moret, who for nearly a decade worked as a CNN reporter and anchor, and is currently Chief Correspondent for the syndicated news program Inside Edition. His second wife is Evy Norlund, with whom he has two sons, Christian Darren, a writer, and Tony Darren, a musician and singer-songwriter. Darren and his wife are godparents to Nancy Sinatra's daughter Angela Jennifer Lambert (Frank Sinatra's first grandchild). Darren and Nancy Sinatra also share a birthday: June 8 (1936 and 1940, respectively).
1959 "Gidget" (US #41)
1959 "Angel Face" (US #47)
1960 "Because They're Young" (UK #29)
1961 "Goodbye Cruel World" (US #3, UK #28)
1962 "Her Royal Majesty" (US #6, UK #36)
1962 "Conscience" (US #11, UK #30)
1962 "Mary's Little Lamb" (US #39)
1962 "Hail to the Conquering Hero" (US #97)
1963 "Pin a Medal on Joey" (US #54)
1965 "Because You're Mine" (US AC #30)
1967 "All" (US #35/US AC #5)
1967 "Didn't We" (US AC #36)
1977 "You Take My Heart Away" (US #52)
1960 James Darren No. 1 (reissued 2004)
1961 Sings the Movies (Gidget Goes Hawaiian)
1962 Love Among the Young (reissued 2004)
1962 Sings for All Sizes
1963 Bye Bye Birdie (with The Marcels, Paul Petersen, & Shelley Fabares)
1963 Teen-Age Triangle (with Shelley Fabares & Paul Petersen)
1964 More Teen-Age Triangle (with Paul Petersen & Shelley Fabares)
1967 All (reissued 2005)
1971 Mammy Blue
1972 Love Songs from the Movies
1994 The Best of James Darren
1999 This One's from the Heart
2001 Because of You
Many compilation albums also exist.
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