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James Darren

James Darren

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Born: June 8, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born and raised in South Philadelphia
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Commuted to NYC from Philadelphia to study acting with Stella Adler
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On way to appointment with Columbia Pictures eastern talent scout Joyce Selznick in NYC's Brill Building met Selznick in elevator; not knowing who he was, she was impressed with his look and presence and suggested he meet with her; signed to contract with Columbia
1956:
Feature acting debut, "Rumble on the Docks"
1959:
Played Jeff 'Moondoggie' Matthews opposite Sandra Dee's "Gidget"; first of four films with director Paul Wendkos (a fellow Philadelphian); sang the songs "Gidget" and "The Next Best Thing To Love"
1959:
Portrayed Eddie Sirota in "The Gene Krupa Story"; sang "Let There Be Love" in film
1960:
Reteamed with Wendkos for "Because They're Young", starring Dick Clark as an understanding, do-good teacher
1960:
Registered impressively as slum kid who keeps his head high and becomes a concert pianist in "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"
1961:
Acted in Wendkos' "Gidget Goes Hawaiian", this time opposite Deborah Walley
1961:
Joined all-star saboteur gang of Gregory Peck, Anthony Quayle, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Stanley Baker in J Lee Thompson's "The Guns of Navarone"
1961:
Received Grammy Award nomination (Best Rock and Roll Recording) for "Goodbye Cruel World"
1962:
Played native Hawaiian in love with Yvette Mimieux in "Diamond Head"; when her irate father, bigoted pineapple baron Charles Heston, "accidentally" kills Darren, she then takes up with his brother (George Chakiris)
1963:
Final turn as 'Moondoggie' (opposite Cindy Carol) in Wendkos' "Gidget Goes to Rome"
1966:
Starred with Robert Colbert as time-travelling scientists in the ABC series "The Time Tunnel"
1967:
Reached the Top 40 with "All"
1977:
Made the charts again with "You Take My Heart Away"
1978:
Last feature to date, Bobby Roth's engaging independent "The Boss' Son"
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Portrayed veteran patrolman Jim Corrigan, Heather Locklear's partner, on "T.J. Hooker"; when ABC cancelled series in the spring of 1985, CBS picked it up for its final season
1986:
Made directorial debut with an episode of "T.J. Hooker" (CBS) near the end of its final season
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Began working exclusively as a director, helming episodes of series like "Hunter", "The A-Team", "Stingray", "Hard Ball" (all NBC), "Werewolf" (Fox), "Raven" and "Walker: Texas Ranger" (both CBS)
1988:
Helmed "Gladiator School" (ABC), a "Police Story" TV-movie
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Directed episodes of Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210"
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Reteamed with Locklear, directing her in episodes of Fox's "Melrose Place"
1997:
Received star on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame (September 25)
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Recurring role as hologramic Vegas lounge singer Vic Fontaine in ten episodes of the syndicated "Ster Trek: Deep Space Nine" revived singing carreer
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Returned to "Melrose Place", this time acting the role of villain Tony Marlin
1999:
Released 13th album, "This One's From the Heart"

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