Updated: June 06, 2012
JAMES DARREN PHOTO GALLERY #03
James Darren (born 8 June 1936; age 74) is an actor, director, and singer known
for his role as the holographic lounge singer Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep
Space Nine. He also played the mirror version of Vic in the episode "The
Emperor's New Cloak" and is best known for his regular roles in the television
series The Time Tunnel and T.J. Hooker.
edit Personal Darren, born James William Ercolani, is originally from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and moved to New York City to fulfill his dream
to become a singer and actor. After a short time taking acting lessons he met
Columbia Pictures talent agent Joyce Selznick who gave him a seven year contract
with Columbia. In 1955 he moved to Hollywood, California and stood in front of
the camera for nineteen Columbia films. The following year he took his stage
name James Darren, named after the Kaiser-Darrin sports car.
In 1959 Darren and his first wife Gloria Terlitsky divorced after they've
married in 1955. Terlitsky is also the mother of Darren's first son, James "Jim"
Jr. During his early years he was friends with the famous Rat Pack, which
included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford. He was
also chosen to be the godfather of Angela Jennifer Lambert, daughter of Frank
Sinatra's daughter Nancy.
Since 1960 Darren is married to Evy Norlund, Miss Denmark 1958, the actress who
played Suzanne Fontaine in the 1959 movie The Flying Fontaines. The couple has
edit Acting career After Darren received his seven year contract with Columbia
he starred and co-starred in films such as the drama Rumble on the Docks (1956,
with Celia Lovsky), the war comedy Operation Mad Ball (1957, with Dick Crockett
and Roy Jenson), the drama The Brothers Rico (1957), the crime drama The Tijuana
Story (1957), the western Gunman's Walk (1958), and the biopic The Gene Krupa
Story (1959, with Susan Oliver, Yvonne Craig, Lawrence Dobkin, and Celia
Lovsky). Other appearances include the television series The Web (1957, with
DeForest Kelley), The Donna Reed Show (1959, with Ted Knight), and The Lineup
In 1959 Darren earned the audiences attraction for playing Jeffrey "Moondoggie"
Matthews in the comedy Gidget, which also featured Yvonne Craig. Darren would
reprise his role for the two following Gidget films Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961,
with music by George Duning) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963).
Other acting credits in the '60s include the drama Because They're Young (1960),
the war drama All the Young Men (1960, with Paul Baxley), the drama Let No Man
Write My Epitaph (1960, with Ricardo Montalban), the war drama The Guns of
Navarone (1961), the romance Diamond Head (1963, with France Nuyen), the comedy
For Those Who Think Young (1964), the action film The Lively Set (1964, with
Charles Drake), the horror film Paroxismus (1969), and an episode of Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea (1966, with Seymour Cassel).
Parallel to Star Trek: The Original Series, Darren portrayed the leading role of
Dr. Anthony Newman in the science fiction series The Time Tunnel (1966-1967).
Fellow Trek actors Whit Bissell and Lee Meriwether were part of the main cast
while Trek stunt performers Charlie Picerni and David Sharpe served as stunt
doubles for Darren. The series featured fellow Trek alumni John Winston, Bart La
Rue, Warren Stevens, Paul Fix, Paul Carr, Torin Thatcher, Victor Lundin, Joseph
Ruskin, Abraham Sofaer, Paul Comi, Lawrence Montaigne, Bruce Mars, Perry Lopez,
Theo Marcuse, David Opatoshu, Nehemiah Persoff, Michael Ansara, Dick Geary,
Elizabeth Rogers, Malachi Throne, Peter Brocco, Dick Dial, John Crawford, Vince
Howard, John Hoyt, Arnold Moss, Rhodes Reason, Anthony Caruso, Robert Walker,
Arthur Batanides, Chuck Hicks and Gil Perkins in guest roles. Writers included
Carey Wilber and Robert Hamner, and the show also featured music by George
While touring through the United States, Darren participated in a few film
projects such as the science fiction television movie City Beneath the Sea
(1971, with Whit Bissell), the drama The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975, with Percy
Rodriguez, Paul Carr, Rod Arrants, and Alan Oppenheimer), and the drama The
Boss' Son (1978). He was also more prominently seen as guest actor in a few
television series including S.W.A.T. (1976, with David Opatoshu and Paul
Sorensen), Police Woman (1976, with Charles Dierkop), Baa Baa Black Sheep (1977,
with Joey Aresco and John Larroquette), Charlie's Angels (1977, with Patty
Maloney), Hawaii Five-O (1978-1979, with Nehemiah Persoff and Brian Tochi),
Vega$ (1980, with William Lucking), The Love Boat (1981, with Gina Hecht), and
Fantasy Island (1979-1982, starring Ricardo Montalban, and with Wendy Schaal).
Between 1982 and 1986 he returned to a regular role and starred as Officer Jim
Corrigan in the police drama series T.J. Hooker along with William Shatner as
the title character and Richard Herd as police chief. Beside Shatner himself,
Winrich Kolbe, Cliff Bole, Charlie Picerni, and Richard Compton directed him in
After the end of T.J. Hooker, Darren made only a few guest performances in the
television series Raven (1992, with Paul Collins), Renegade (1992, with
Branscombe Richmond and Tracy Scoggins), Silk Stalkings (1994, with Charlie
Brill, Gary Frank, and Jon Rashad Kamal), and Diagnosis Murder (1997, with
Darwyn Carson). He also portrayed the cruel Tony Marlin in five episodes of the
drama series Melrose Place in 1999, along with Trek performers Mark L. Taylor,
Dey Young, Kathleen Garrett, Susan Savage, and David Doty.
Darren's only known acting part after Deep Space Nine is the role of Allen in
the drama Random Acts in 2001.