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Actor, James Darren, was born James William Ercolani on Jun 8, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA. As of December 2020, James Darren was 84 years old.

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Jimmy Logan: She was beautiful, even though she was dead.


Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?


Johnny Rico: So maybe I am gonna die. But Eddie, you've got even bigger troubles. You're gonna live.


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He is of Italian ancestry.

He 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.

Also 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.

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