Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7/22-James Darren

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James Darren-Actor 

James Darren , a film actor, TV star, singer, and director was born June 8th in Philadelphia.  A chance introduction to the legendary producer/talent executive, Joyce Selznick, led to Darren's signing a seven year contract with Columbia Pictures. During his Columbia years, Darren made 19 films including playing Private Spyros Pappadimos in the big-budget The Guns of Navarone in 1961 and Gidget two years earlier. Darren played rich-kid surfer, Moondoggie, and returned to star in two of the sequels.
In Gidget, Darren sang two songs: the title tune and There's No Such Thing As the Next Best Thing To Love. Almost without intending to, he became a recording star. In the early 60's his hits included Goodbye Cruel World, which became number one in the US, as well as Angel Face, Conscience, and Her Royal Majesty - every one of which made the Top Ten List.
Darren continued to make films and in 1966 starred in The Time Tunnel, his first TV series.  When the show ended, Darren decided to concentrate on his singing. He teamed with comedian Buddy Hackett for what would become a twelve-year partnership touring the country.

In 1983, Darren was offered the role of Jim Corrigan on the ABC-TV series T.J. Hooker. He directed the final episode of T.J. Hooker  which led to multiple TV directing jobs including Hunter, Nowhere Man, The A-Team, Hardball, and Police Story.

Darren has been rediscovered by a whole new generation of fans due to his appearances in the seventh and final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Vic Fontaine, a holographic swinging 60's Vegas lounge singer. He is currently touring the country, once-again singing to adoring fans.

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