James Darren Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Jun 23, 2022
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About James Darren

James Darren made his entry into the film industry when he was a teenager.

In the '50s, James Darren was a teen idol. He released more than 10 albums between 1960 and 2019.

James Darren, originally James William Ercolani, is a singer, television director, and TV and film actor, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He appeared in both supporting and lead roles between the '50s and '60s, in films such as 'Gidget', 'All The Young Men', 'Gidget Goes Hawaiian', and 'Diamond Head'.

He extensively worked in TV series in the '60s, appearing in series, 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and 'The Time Tunnel'. He also released 15 singles from 1959 to 1977, with his debut album being released in 1960. Darren has been active in the film and music industry since 1956.

Keep reading to learn more about the long and successful career of the multi-talented James Darren!

James Darren Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is James Darren’s net worth?

The estimated net worth of James Darren is $9 million as of 2022. He has gained this net worth through his acting career and his work in the music industry.

How much does James Darren earn per year?

James Darren earns an estimated income of $400,000 per year. His main source of earnings is acting and singing.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is James Darren?

James Darren is 5 ft 10 in (180 cm) tall.

How old is James Darren?

James Darren was born on June 8, 1936, in Philadelphia, so he turned 86 years old in June 2022.

Childhood And Education

James Darren was born in Lower Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1936.

James Darren had brown eyes and hair. He was passionate about acting and started studying with Stella Adler, an acting teacher and actress, in New York when he was a teenager. Occasionally, he would sing in clubs. He has not revealed anything about his parents. He has a brother, John Darren, an actor famous for 'The Donna Reed Show'. There are no details available about James' educational background or family life.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is James Darren’s partner?

James Darren's first marriage was to Gloria Terlitsly in 1955. The couple had a son named James Jr, known as Jimmy. In 1958, Gloria and James divorced. Gloria's third husband, adopted James Jr, who is now known as Jim Moret, the TV commentator, and journalist. James Darren's second marriage was to Evy Norlund in 1958. The couple had two sons, Christian and Tony Darren. Christian Darren was born in 1960 and Tony Darren was born in 1964.

Career And Professional Highlights

Joyce Selznick discovered Darren after he received his photographs.

In July 1956, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Pictures. After a few weeks, he got his first movie, 'Rumble on the Docks', in which Darren appeared as the lead character. His work was well-received by the audience. He appeared in a guest role in 'The Web' TV show and later in 'Operation Mad Ball'. He was then seen in 'The Tijuana Story' in 1957. He got his lead role in 'Gidget', for which he also sang the title track.

He sang many pop hits with Colpix Records. Darren appeared as a teen idol on 'The Donna Reed Show' in 1959 and 1961. He was seen in an episode of 'The Lineup'. He acted in 'The Gene Krupa Story' in 1959, 'All The Young Men', and 'Let No Man Write My Epitaph' in 1960. He sang the title track of 'Because They're Young', in which he also appeared as himself.

Best Known For…

James Darren is best known for several movies and television series, working as an actor and a director. In 1961, he played a supporting character in 'The Guns Of Navarone' and reprised his character of Moondoggie in 'Gidget Goes Hawaiian'. Darren released his debut album titled 'James Darren No. 1' in 1960.

Other Interesting James Darren Facts And Trivia

  • James Darren began working as a television director in around 1984. After his role in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', he returned to singing.

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