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Born: June 8, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Took his name from the popular Kaiser Darrin sports car of the 1950s.

Darren and his wife are godparents to Frank Sinatra's first grandchild, Angela Jennifer Lambert (Nancy's daughter).

On how he ended up acting on "Melrose Place": "Actually, I was called one evening by Anson Willimas who had directed me in an episode of 'Deep Space Nine'. He was then doing, or preparing to do, 'Melrose Place' and said there was a part that was perfect for me. However, after reading it, I didn't agree with him. But the producers were quite convincing and asked if I would play the character of Tony Marlin, who I thought was a total jerk ... But you know, a job is a job. And I must say that I loved working with the cast. I had directed them many times before, so it was nice seeing them again." --James Darren quoted at www.startrek.com (September 1999).

"I started singing long before I became an actor. My father would take me to dives and strip joints in South Philly--anywhere that would allow a 14-year-old kid to sing in those days. And I truly loved it. I mean, I'd be singing and they'd be sitting out there in the dark, talking, smoking and drinking, and not hearing a word I was singing. And that was OK, because I learned to just sing for myself. Sometimes I was lucky to have a trio of musicians behind me, sometimes just a sax player. It was great.

"I was in Atlantic city in April with an 18-piece orchestra and it was incredible. Both the return to acting and singing were like a dream to me. I never imagined I'd get in front of a camera again . . . And I never dreamed I'd sing publicly again. I'm also doing these big symphony dates. I performed with the symphony in San Francisco. When you're standing in front of 60 to 70 world-class musicians, it's the greatest feeling for a singer." --Darren quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, September 27, 1999.

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