Updated: February 12, 2015
JAMES DARREN PHOTO GALLERY #01
Darren began his career as a teen idol. This encompassed roles in films, most
notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop
hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World" (#3 on
the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). He is also featured in one of the Scopitone
series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine").
Darren's role in the gritty 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an
attempt to break out of his teen image. He then achieved success co-starring as
impulsive scientist and adventurer Tony Newman in the science fiction television
series, The Time Tunnel (1966-67).
In the 1970s, Darren appeared as a celebrity panelist on Match Game.
Later, Darren had a regular role as Officer James Corrigan on the television
police drama T.J. Hooker from 1983-1986. Subsequently he worked as a director on
many action-based television series, including Hunter, The A-Team, and Nowhere
Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.
James Darren as Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: 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 holographic crooner and advice-giver Vic Fontaine; many of
his performances on the show were recorded for the album This One's From the
Heart (1999). The album showed Darren, a close friend of the late Frank Sinatra,
comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up Because of You
showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett.
Some animation fans may know him as the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the 1964
animated film, Hey There, it's Yogi Bear, on the song "Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a".
Prior to that, he was the singing and speaking voice of "Jimmy Darrock" on an
episode of The Flintstones.
1959 Angel Face
1961 Goodbye Cruel World (US #3)
1962 Her Royal Majesty (US #6)
1962 Conscience (US #11)
1962 Mary's Little Lamb (US #39)
1967 All (US #35)
1977 You Take My Heart Away
1960 James Darren No. 1 (reissued 2004)
1961 Sings the Movies (Gidget Goes Hawaiian)
1962 Love Among the Young (reissued 2004)
1962 Sings for All Sizes
1963 Bye Bye Birdie (with The Marcels, Paul Petersen, & Shelley Fabares)
1963 Teen-Age Triangle (with Shelley Fabares & Paul Petersen)
1964 More Teen-Age Triangle (with Paul Petersen & Shelley Fabares)
1967 All (reissued 2005)
1971 Mammy Blue
1972 Love Songs from the Movies
1994 The Best of James Darren
1999 This One's From the Heart
2001 Because of You
Many compilation albums also exist.
Rumble on the Docks (1956)
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
The Brothers Rico (1957)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
For Those Who Think Young (1964)