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SpouseEvy Norlund, Gloria Terlitsky, Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty, Pin a Medal on Joey
FactGodfather of A.J. Lambert, who is the daughter of Nancy Sinatra and granddaughter of Frank Sinatra. Darren was a close friend of Sinatra and his family.

James Darren was born on June 8, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents, Rose and Henry, were both immigrants from Ukraine. He has two older sisters, Sylvia and Irene. Darren began his career as a child actor, appearing in various television shows and movies. He is best known for his roles in “The Time Tunnel” and “Gidget”. He has also appeared in numerous other television shows and movies throughout his career. Darren’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married three times and has four children.

General Info

Full NameJames Darren
Height1.79 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Television Director, Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty, Pin a Medal on Joey


SpouseEvy Norlund, Gloria Terlitsky, Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty, Pin a Medal on Joey
ChildrenJim Moret, Christian Darren, Tony Darren, Goodbye Cruel World, Her Royal Majesty, Pin a Medal on Joey
SiblingsJohn Darren


MoviesGidget, The Guns of Navarone, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome, The Lively Set, Rumble on the Docks, Gunman's Walk, For Those Who Think Young, The Gene Krupa Story, The Brothers Rico, Diamond Head, Operation Mad Ball, Venus in Furs, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, The Lives of Jenny Dolan, The ...
TV ShowsT. J. Hooker, The Time Tunnel

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1I think Ricky Nelson said it best in "Garden Party": "You can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself." If you're content with doing what you're doing, stick with it. If not, find the road that takes you there.
2[on being a teen idol] At times it was Chinese torture.


1Is a longtime friend of the late Julie London and the late Bobby Troup. In Darren's young career, he co-starred opposite her second husband in The Gene Krupa Story (1959).
2Brother of John Darren.
3He is the only actor to appear in all three "Gidget" films (as the same character): Gidget (1959), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963). Joby Baker also appeared in all 3 Gidget movies (as different characters).
4Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "I Talked with a Zombie" (McFarland & Co., 2008).
5As a teen he commuted from South Philly to New York to attend Stella Adler's drama classes.
6Introduced to talent agent Joyce Selznick by a secretary at a Photography Shop, on Broadway in New York City, called "Maurice Seymour of Hollywood". He was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1956 and given the name "James Darren" by the studio, in honor of the Kaiser-Darrin sports car.
7He was originally not given the Moondoggie character in Columbia Pictures' Gidget (1959) because the role required two songs to sing and Darren had not proven himself a capable enough singer. On his own, he cut a single with the studio's recording subsidiary, Colpix Records, which charted. Columbia changed its mind and gave him the role despite the fact that he couldn't surf and was a weak swimmer. He nevertheless became a huge teen idol and reprised the Moondoggie role in both Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), all with different Gidgets: Sandra Dee; Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol.
8First wife Gloria Terlitzky was a childhood sweetheart. They had a child named Jimmy. Second wife Evy Norlund, Miss Denmark of 1958, gave him two sons, Christian and Anthony.
9At one time in the 1970s he toured the country with comedian Buddy Hackett as a singer.
10He is of Italian ancestry.
11Godfather of A.J. Lambert, who is the daughter of Nancy Sinatra and granddaughter of Frank Sinatra. Darren was a close friend of Sinatra and his family.
12His current surname, Darren, since 1959, was inspired by the famous automobile of the 1950s.
13His wife, Evy Norlund, is the former Miss Denmark of 1958.
14Father of CNN anchorman Jim Moret.
15Also known as a singer and his singing talents are revealed as the portrayal of the hologram Vic Fontaine on a couple of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) episodes.




Random Acts2001Allen
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1998-1999TV SeriesVic Fontaine
Melrose Place1999TV SeriesTony Marlin
Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesCouncilman Watson
Silk Stalkings1994TV Series
Renegade1992TV SeriesLou Delgado
Raven1992TV SeriesBilly Sharp
T.J. Hooker1982-1986TV SeriesOfficer Jim Corrigan Jim Corrigan Dan Danko
One Day at a Time1983TV SeriesRoger Alexander
Fantasy Island1979-1982TV SeriesClaude Duvalle / Brian Holmes / Michael Duvall
Scruples1981TV MovieVito
The Love Boat1981TV SeriesTony Streeter
Turnover Smith1980TV MovieGeorgie Green
Vega$1980TV SeriesPaul Bracken
That's Life1979rumored
Hawaii Five-O1978-1979TV SeriesJohnny Munroe
The Boss' Son1978Buddy Weistein
Police Story1977TV SeriesRoger Lewis
Charlie's Angels1977TV SeriesDavid Barzak
The Feather and Father Gang1977TV SeriesPraeger
Black Sheep Squadron1977TV SeriesLt. Col. Rod Towers, Movie Star
Police Woman1976TV SeriesRick Matteo
S.W.A.T.1976TV SeriesJoey Wade
The Lives of Jenny Dolan1975TV MovieOrlando
Love, American Style1971TV SeriesRoger Barnes (segment "Love and the Monsters")
City Beneath the Sea1971TV MovieDr. Talty
Venus in Furs1969Jimmy Logan
The Man from the 25th Century1968TV ShortTomo / Robert Prentiss
The Time Tunnel1966-1967TV SeriesDr. Tony Newman Tony Newman
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1966TV SeriesOmir
The Flintstones1965TV SeriesJimmy Darrock
The Lively Set1964Casey Owens
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear1964Yogi Bear ('Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a') (singing voice)
For Those Who Think Young1964Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III
Gidget Goes to Rome1963Moondoggie (Jeff Matthews)
Diamond Head1962Paul Kahana
The Donna Reed Show1959-1961TV SeriesKip Dennis / Jim Bryce / Buzz Berry
Gidget Goes Hawaiian1961Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
The Guns of Navarone1961Pappadimos
Let No Man Write My Epitaph1960Nick Romano
All the Young Men1960Pvt. Cotton
The Lineup1959TV SeriesVezey
The Gene Krupa Story1959Eddie Sirota
Kovacs on Music1959TV MovieVarious
Gidget1959Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
Gunman's Walk1958Davy Hackett
The Tijuana Story1957Mitch
The Brothers Rico1957Johnny Rico
Operation Mad Ball1957Pvt. Widowskas
The Web1957TV SeriesTony Roberts
Rumble on the Docks1956Jimmy Smigelski


The A-Team1986TV Series 1 episode
T.J. Hooker1986TV Series 1 episode
Melrose Place1996-1997TV Series 2 episodes
Savannah1996-1997TV Series 4 episodes
Beverly Hills, 902101996TV Series 2 episodes
Silk Stalkings1994-1995TV Series 3 episodes
Nowhere Man1995TV Series 1 episode
Renegade1994TV Series 1 episode
Walker, Texas Ranger1993TV Series 1 episode
Raven1992-1993TV Series 4 episodes
Tequila and Bonetti1992TV Series 1 episode
Hunter1987-1991TV Series 7 episodes
Hardball1990TV Series 1 episode
Police Story: Gladiator School1988TV Movie
Something Is Out There1988/ITV Series
Werewolf1987-1988TV Series 8 episodes
Stingray1987TV Series 1 episode


Vegas2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The King of Queens2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chooch2003performer: "MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY"
Hearts in Atlantis2001performer: "Come Fly With Me" 1958
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Because They're Young"
Down to You2000performer: "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1998-1999TV Series performer - 7 episodes
Hollywood a Go Go1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lively Set1964performer: "The Lively Set"
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear1964performer: "Ven-E, Ven-O, Ven-A"
For Those Who Think Young1964performer: "For Those Who Think Love"
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV Special performer: "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
Under the Yum Yum Tree1963performer: "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
Gidget Goes to Rome1963performer: "Gegetta", "Big Italian Moon"
The Donna Reed Show1959-1961TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Gidget Goes Hawaiian1961performer: "Wild About the Girl", "Gidget Goes Hawaiian"
All the Young Men1960performer: "All The Young Men"
Because They're Young1960performer: "Because They're Young"
The Gene Krupa Story1959performer: "Let There Be Love"
Gidget1959performer: "Gidget", "The Next Best Thing to Love"
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV Special performer: "Almost in Your Arms Love Song from Houseboat"


Get a Life!2012TV Movie documentary special thanks


New Dimensions2016DocumentaryHimself
Get a Life!2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story2010Himself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
Elvis Forever2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Memories of Navarone2000Video documentary shortHimself - Pappadimos
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Downey1994TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
The Merv Griffin Show1986TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Creative Arts Awards
Battle of the Network Stars XVI1984TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
The Hollywood Squares1972-1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host / Vocalist / ...
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHimself
The Donna Fargo Show1978TV SeriesHimself (1978)
Little Richard: Portrait of a Legend1977TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651962-1977TV SeriesHimself
Plymouth Fury1977ShortHimself
Liar's Club1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Match Game 731974-1975TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
All-Star Baffle1974TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesHimself
Mooch Goes to Hollywood1971TV MovieHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Barbara McNair Show1969TV SeriesHimself
It Takes Two1969TV SeriesPanelist
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
Romp!!!1968TV SpecialHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
Malibu U.1967TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Boone Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood a Go Go1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHimself
Shivaree1965TV SeriesHimself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Under the Yum Yum Tree1963Himself - Singer Behind Title Credits
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Vocalist / Himself - Vocalist / ...
Honeymoon on Rhodes1961ShortHimself / Narrator
The Jo Stafford Show1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1959-1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV SeriesHimself
Because They're Young1960Himself - Singer
The Dick Clark Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Singer

Archive Footage

Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Tony Newman in Time Tunnel
Aliens from Another Planet1982TV MovieTony Newman
Teen Scene1964Video shortHimself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'Diamondhead' (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality9th place.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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