James Darren Bio, Age, Songs, Children, Wife, Net worth, Goodbye Cruel World, Gidget, This One’s from the Heart, Songs, Movies

James Darren Biography and Wiki

James Darren born as James William Ercolani is an American Television and Movie Actor, Television Director, and Singer.  He was known for his roles as Moondoggie in Gidget, Tony Newman in The Time Tunnel, and as Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

James Darren Age: How old is James Darren right now?

He was born on June 8, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He celebrates his birthday on June 8th every year. He will be 85 years old on June 8th 2021.

James Darren Height and Weight

He stands at an average height and weight, he appears to be quite tall in his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.

James Darren Family and Siblings

He was born and raised by his parents in the United States. Our efforts to find out more about his family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available. Thus, the identity of James parents is still unclear. It is also not known if he has any siblings. Nevertheless, this section will be updated as soon as it is available.

James Darren Wife, Is James Darren still married to Evy Norlund?

Darren married Gloria Terlitsky, his sweetheart since 1953. Her father opposed their marriage because Terlitsky was Jewish while Darren was Catholic. They later divorced in 1958.  Darren and Terlitsky had son James Jr. (“Jimmy”) and divorced in 1958. Jimmy was adopted by Gloria’s third husband and is now known as journalist and TV commentator Jim Moret.

Two years after the divorce, Darren married Evy Norlund, Miss Denmark 1958. They had two sons, Christian (born c. 1960) and Anthony (born c. 1964)

James Darren Children

He has three sons namely: Jim Moret, Tony Darren Musician and Christian Darren.

James Darren Net worth: What is James Darren Worth?

He has enjoyed a long career in the music and acting industry. Through proceeds from his work as a singer and actor, he has been able to accumulate a modest fortune. James is estimated to have a net worth of about $9 million.

James Darren Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about James Darren

James Darren Bio and Wiki

  • Full Names: James William Ercolani
  • Popular As: James Darren
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation / Profession: actor, television director, and singer
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: To be updated soon
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight

James Darren Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 84 years old
  • Zodiac Sign: To be updated soon
  • Date of Birth: June 8, 1936
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Birthday: June 8

James Darren Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: To be updated soon
  • Height / How Tall?: Average
  • Weight: Moderate
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Shoe Size: To be updated soon

James Darren Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): To be updated soon
  • Mother: To be updated soon
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): To be updated soon
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Wife: Married to Evy Norlund
  • Children:  Three sons Christian (born c. 1960) and Anthony (born c. 1964) and James Jr. (“Jimmy”)

James Darren Networth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $9 million
  • Salary: Under Review
  • Source of Income: Musician, Director and Actor

James Darren Movies

  • Gidget 1959
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian
  • Gidget Goes to Rome
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • For Those Who Think Young
  • The Gene Krupa Story
  • The Lively Set
  • Rumble on the Docks
  • Gunman’s Walk
  • Because They’re Young
  • The Brothers Rico
  • Diamond Head 1963
  • Let No Man Write My Epitaph
  • Venus in Furs 1969
  • All the Young Men
  • Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear!
  • City Beneath the Sea
  • Operation Mad Ball
  • The Tijuana Story
  • Lucky 2017
  • The Lives of Jenny Dolan
  • Turnover Smith Film
  • The Man from the 25th Century

James Darren Songs

  • Goodbye Cruel World
  • Her Royal Majesty
  • Gidget
  • Wild About That Girl
  • Because They’re Young
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Pin a Medal on Joey
  • Conscience
  • Mary’s Little Lamb
  • Hail to the Conquering Hero
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Valerie
  • There’s No Such Thing
  • Man About Town
  • If I Could Only Tell You
  • Blame It On My Youth
  • Love Among The Young
  • I Ain’t Sharin’ Sharon
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian

James Darren Gidget

Gidget is a fictional character created by author Frederick Kohner (based on his teenage daughter, Kathy) in his 1957 novel, Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The novel follows the adventures of a teenage girl and her surfing friends on the beach in Malibu. The name Gidget is a portmanteau of “girl” and “midget”. Following the novel’s publication, the character appeared in several films, television series and television movies.

The original Gidget was created by Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas (reprinted numerous times under the shortened title Gidget, by which it is more widely known), written in the first person and based on the accounts of his daughter Kathy (now Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman) of the surf culture of Malibu Point. The novel was published by Putnam. Kohner, a prolific screenwriter with one Academy Award nomination, published seven sequels to this novel, five of them original novels.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the character Gidget (the prototypical beach bunny) was adapted for three films, all directed by Paul Wendkos and released by Columbia Pictures:

  • Gidget (1959), starring Sandra Dee
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961), starring Deborah Walley
  • Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), starring Cindy Carol

Darren had a good support role in a melodrama, Diamond Head (1962) with Charlton Heston. He played Moondoggie a third time in Gidget Goes to Rome (1962) which he later said he “hated… I didn’t want to do it. I thought that I’d be doing those for the rest of my life.” He sang the title track for Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963).

James Darren This One’s from the Heart

This One’s from the Heart is a collection of songs which James Darren sang on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the hologram Vic Fontaine. One song he performed on the show was “The Alamo,” which was written especially for the show by Jay Chattaway, and does not appear on the CD.

This One’s from the Heart Tracklisting

  1. “The Best Is Yet to Come” (from “Badda-Bing Badda-Bang”)
  2. “Come Fly with Me” (from “His Way”)
  3. “That Old Black Magic”
  4. “All the Way (from “Image in the Sand”)
  5. “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (from “It’s Only a Paper Moon”)

James Darren Goodbye Cruel World

“Goodbye Cruel World” is a song written by Gloria Shayne Regney who, with her collaborator/husband, Noel Regney, also wrote the well-known Christmas carol, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and several songs for singer Lesley Gore. The most famous recording of this song is by James Darren. With its release as a single in 1961, Darren scored his first top ten hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, at number three. On the Cash Box Top 100, it spent two weeks at number two. It would prove the biggest hit of his career on this chart, as well as on the UK Singles Chart (no. 28).

The song was also used in a film on Pop Art directed by Ken Russell for the BBC TV series Monitor which was aired in March 1962; its context here was the escape from the dying culture of the British Empire. According to disc jockeys at the time the song was released, the calliope-like riff used in the song based on the “Entrance of the Gladiators” theme, was a synthesized recording of a woman’s voice rather than a musical instrument.

The song is about a man whose heart was broken by a “mean fickle woman”, and his plan to join the circus as a brokenhearted clown. He does not mind being shot out of a cannon and plans to tell the world that she “made a crying clown” out of him.

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James Darren Deep Space Nine

In 1998, he achieved renewed popularity as a singer through his appearances on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the role of the holographic crooner and adviser Vic Fontaine. Many of his vocal performances on the show were re-recorded for the album This One’s from the Heart (1999). The album shows Darren, a close friend of Frank Sinatra, comfortably singing in the Sinatra style. The 2001 follow-up Because of You showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett.

James Darren Her Royal Majesty

“Her Royal Majesty” is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and performed by James Darren. It reached #6 on the U.S. pop chart and #36 on the UK Singles Chart in 1962. The song was arranged and produced by Stu Phillips. The song ranked #80 on Billboard magazine’s Top 100 singles of 1962. Lee Dorsey released a version of the song on the 1992 album various artists album Million Dollar Hits.


Frequently Asked Questions About James Darren

Who is James Darren?

He is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer.

How old is James Darren?

He is an American National born in Philadelphia, on June 8, 1936, of Italian descent.

How tall is James Darren?

He stands at an average height and weight, he appears to be quite tall in his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.

Is James Darren married?

Yes and even he has three grown-up sons. He resides in the United States.

How much is James worth?

His net worth is estimated to be between $55 million, he has been in the media industry for quite some time. He has no doubt amassed a huge fortune with the bulk of his wealth comes from his professional acting and music career. Despite his obvious riches, he prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

Where does James live?

Because of security reasons, he has not shared his precise location of residence. We will immediately update this information if we get the location and images of his house.

Is James dead or alive?

He is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is James Now?

He is still an Actor/singer/Director.

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