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James Darren (James William Ercolani)

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Biography

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Tall, good-looking James Darren was a student of acting coach Stella Adler and made his name in the 1950s in a series of teenage-themed films. A better actor than most of his contemporary teenage heartthrobs, he nevertheless found it difficult to escape the teen-idol image he got in pictures like Gidget (1959) and Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961). He also gained fame in the early and mid-1960s as a singer, with several hits to his credit, including "Goodbye Cruel World" and "Her Royal Majesty". Read more...

Actor

Character: Jimmy Smigelski

Rumble on the Docks 1956

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Character: Pvt. Widowskas

Operation Mad Ball 1957

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Character: Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie

Gidget 1959

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Character: Eddie Sirota

The Gene Krupa Story 1959

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Character: Himself - Performer

The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959

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Character: Pvt. Cotton

All the Young Men 1960

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Character: Himself - Singer

Because They're Young 1960

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Character: Himself - Singer Behind Title Credits

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963

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Character: Actor 'Diamondhead'

Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963

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Character: Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III

For Those Who Think Young 1964

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Character: Casey Owens

The Lively Set 1964

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Character: Himself - Performer

The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964

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Character: Himself

Teen Scene 1964

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Character: Himself

Romp!!! 1968

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Character: Buddy Weistein

The Boss' Son 1978

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Character: Buzz Berry

The Donna Reed Show 1958

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Character: Pappadimos

The Guns of Navarone 1961

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Character: Rick Matteo

Police Woman 1974

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Character: David Barzak

Charlie's Angels 1976

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Character: Lt. Col. Rod Towers, Movie Star

Black Sheep Squadron 1976

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Character: Roger Alexander

One Day at a Time 1975

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Character: Paul Bracken

Vega$ 1978

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Character: Dr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel

Pioneers of Television 2008

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Character: Dr. Tony Newman

The Time Tunnel 1966

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