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James Darren

Mostly Credited As: James Darren
Sometimes Credited As: Jimmy Darren

Birth Name: James William Ercolani
Date Of Birth: June 08, 1936 (Age 78)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 5' 10 ½" (1.79 m)

James Darren


James Darren is one of the few film stars to have successfully made the transition from teenage idol to adult film star.
He was 19 years old when he made his motion picture debut in "Rumble on the Docks," followed by his memorable role as Moon Doggie in "Gidget" opposite Sandra Dee and Cliff Robertson.
In addition to many more films, guest starring roles in television and becoming a major recording star, Darren is also a headliner in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and in many other cities and at state fairs around the country.
By 1982 he starred as officer Jim Corrigan in "T.J. Hooker,".
Born James William Ercolani in South Philadelphia on June 8, Darren was one of two children. His father was an electrician and worked in the Navy yards; his mother worked in tailor shops and during the summer the entire family worked as migrant workers, cutting asparagus and picking tomatoes.
As a teenager Darren discovered he had singing ability and began studying music. With money earned singing at weddings and working at his uncle's jewelry store, Darren saved enough money to buy a motorcycle which permitted him to commute twice a week to New York for drama lessons with Stella Adler.
Casting director Joyce Selznick signed him to a seven-year contract with Columbia Pictures which was followed by starring roles in 11 motion pictures. There were two successful sequels to "Gidget" and a recording contract with Colpix Records.
"Angel Face" was his debut recording which became an instant Top 10 hit. It was only the first of many hit singles and albums to follow.
Among Darren's many other film roles are "Diamond Head," "The Guns of Navarone" and "Operation Madball." He broke into television in 1966 with the series "Time Tunnel." He also starred in the television movies, "City Beneath the Sea" and "The Lives of Jenny Dolan."
In 1982 he hosted the syndication musical variety show, "Portrait of a Legend," which profiled the careers of pop musical greats.
When he isn't performing in night clubs and at state fairs around the country, Darren is at home in Beverly Hills.
Among his hobbies are racquetball and "taking off on a dirt bike and doing some desert racing or hill climbing."


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TV Appearances

Main cast 
T.J. Hooker (1982)As: Officer Jim "James" Corrigan (S02-S05)
The Time Tunnel (1966)As: Dr. Tony Newman
Episode Cast Credits 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) 
  What You Leave Behind, Part I 07x25: (Jun/02/1999) As Vic, [Special Guest Stars]
  Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang 07x15: (Feb/24/1999) As Vic, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Emperor's New Cloak 07x12: (Feb/03/1999) As Mirror Vic 
  It's Only a Paper Moon 07x10: (Dec/30/1998) As Vic, [Special Guest Stars]

Melrose Place (1992) (1992) 
  Dead Men Don't Shut Up 07x34: (May/17/1999) As Tony Marlin 
  Lexi Gets Stiffed 07x33: (May/10/1999) As Tony Marlin 
  Floral Knowledge 07x32: (May/03/1999) As Tony Marlin 
  Bitter Homes and Guardians 07x31: (Apr/26/1999) As Tony Marlin 

Raven (US) (1992) 
  Is Someone Crazy in Here or Is It Me 01x05: (Jul/29/1992) As Billy Sharp 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #16 01x16: (May/03/1984) As ABC Team 

T.J. Hooker (1982) 
  Lady in Blue 02x22: (May/07/1983) As Officer Jim Corrigan 
  Payday Pirates 02x21: (Apr/30/1983) As Officer Jim Corrigan 
  King of the Hill 02x02: (Oct/02/1982) As Dan Danko 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Sitting Duck/Sweet Suzi Swann 05x18: (Mar/06/1982) As Claude 
  The Searcher/The Way We Weren't 04x18: (Mar/07/1981) As Brian Holmes 
  The Mermaid/The Victim 03x11: (Dec/01/1979) As Michael Duvall 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Consortium 02x17: (Feb/27/1980) As Paul Bracken 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Number One with a Bullet (2) 11x13: (Jan/04/1979) As Johnny Munroe 
  Number One with a Bullet (1) 11x12: (Dec/28/1978) As Johnny Munroe 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Stigma 05x02: (Nov/09/1977) As Roger Lewis 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Circus of Terror 02x07: (Oct/19/1977) As David Barzak 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  England Dan and John Ford Cooley / James Darren 20x30: (Apr/16/1977) As Himself 
  Bobbi Martin / James Darren 13x40: (May/30/1970) As Himself 
  James Darren / Mel Carter 08x19: (Jan/16/1965) As Himself 
  AB-1438: James Darren 06x113: (Feb/06/1963) As Himself 

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Gabe Kaplan 05x25: (Apr/08/1977) As Himself 

Police Woman (1974) 
  Task Force (2) 02x24: (Mar/02/1976) As Rick Matteo 
  Task Force (1) 02x23: (Mar/02/1976) As Rick Matteo 

S.W.A.T. (1975) 
  The Running Man (2) 02x16: (Jan/24/1976) As Unknown 
  The Running Man (1) 02x15: (Jan/24/1976) As Unknown 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  Bobby Darin / Carol Burnett / James Darren 01x03: (Sep/28/1969) As Himself 

Malibu U. (1967) 
  Episode 3 01x03: (Aug/04/1967) As Himself 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  The Mechanical Man 02x25: (Mar/13/1966) As Omir 

The Flintstones (1960) 
  Surfin' Fred 05x26: (Mar/12/1965) Voiced  Jimmy Darrock 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 36th Annual Academy Awards 12x01: (Apr/13/1964) As Himself ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"), [Musical Guests]
  The 31st Annual Academy Awards 07x01: (Apr/06/1959) As Himself ("Almost In Your Arms"), [Musical Guests]

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  One Starry Night 04x01: (Sep/14/1961) As Kip Dennis/Jim Brandt 
  April Fool 01x28: (Apr/01/1959) As Buzz Berry 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Carol Channing, Salvador Dali 14x16: (Jan/29/1961) As Himself 

The Dick Clark Show (1958) 
  Sam Cooke / James Darren / Stonewall Jackson / Julius La Rosa / Tony Bellus / The Mystics 02x42: (Jun/20/1959) As Himself 
  The Chordettes / Tab Hunter / Lloyd Price / Jimmy Clanton / Jimmy Darren 02x30: (Mar/28/1959) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 4, Episode 19 04x19: (Jan/25/1959) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew



Episode Crew


Melrose Place (1992) (1992) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Deja Vu All Over Again 05x28 Apr/14/1997 As: Director
Holy Strokes 04x16 Jan/01/1996 As: Director
Savannah (1996) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Where There's A Will... 02x20 Feb/17/1997 As: Director
True Love Never Dies 02x13 Dec/09/1996 As: Director
The Battle Of Midway 02x11 Nov/25/1996 As: Director
Information, Please 01x07 Mar/03/1996 As: Director
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Pledging My Love 07x05 Sep/18/1996 As: Director
Strike the Match 06x27 Apr/10/1996 As: Director
Nowhere Man (1995) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Incredible Derek 01x03 Sep/11/1995 As: Director
Renegade (1992) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The King and I 03x04 Oct/03/1994 As: Director
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Storm Warning 02x02 Oct/02/1993 As: Director
Raven (US) (1992) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Death Games 02x06 Mar/06/1993 As: Director
Bloody Beach 02x01 Jan/02/1993 As: Director
Prey 01x06 Sep/26/1992 As: Director
Is Someone Crazy in Here or Is It Me 01x05 Jul/29/1992 As: Director
Hunter (1984) (1984) (Credited in 5 episodes from this show) 
 
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Little Man with a Big Reputation 07x22 Apr/26/1991 As: Director
Where Echoes End 07x03 Oct/03/1990 As: Director
Shield of Honor 06x08 Dec/02/1989 As: Director
Shades 03x22 Jul/18/1987 As: Director
The Girl Next Door 03x16 Feb/21/1987 As: Director
Hardball (1989) (1989) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Time Bomb 01x07 Nov/17/1989 As: Director
Something is Out There (1988) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Night of the Visitors 01x04 Nov/25/1988 As: Director
Werewolf (1987) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Black Ship 01x04 Aug/01/1987 As: Director
Stingray (1985) (1986) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Night Maneuvers 02x10 Mar/27/1987 As: Director
The A-Team (1983) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Family Reunion 05x08 Nov/14/1986 As: Director
T.J. Hooker (1982) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Into the Night 05x18 May/21/1986 As: Director
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