ORIGINAL Autograph 8 x 10 STUDIO PROMO PHOTO EXCELLENT SIGNATURE QUALITY AUTHENTICATED BY JSA (JAMES SPENCE AUTHENTICATION) James Darren, Born in Philadelphia, on June 8, 1936, Darren began his career as a teen idol, having been discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick. This encompassed roles in films where he had a contract with Columbia Pictures, 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). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Another sizeable hit was "Her Royal Majesty" (#6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962). He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine"). James Darren is not related to Bobby Darin. This confusion sometimes arises because: their names are pronounced similarly, they are the same age, they were both Italian-Americans, they both started their careers as teen idols with similarly styled songs, both later sang some of the same standard pop/jazz ballads, and they are both associated with Sandra Dee. James starred in "Gidget" films as Gidget's (Sandra Dee) love interest. Twice, in 1959 and 1961, Darren played teen idols on episodes of The Donna Reed Show. Darren's role in the 1961 World War II film The Guns of Navarone was an attempt to break out of his teen image. In 1963 he signed a seven picture deal with Universal, starting with The Lively Set. He was 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. He then achieved success co-starring as impulsive scientist and adventurer Tony Newman in the science fiction television series, The Time Tunnel (19661967). 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 19831986. 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. 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 re-recorded for the album This One's from the Heart (1999). The album showed 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. All of these photos were purchased years ago from the original collector! This collection contains a fantastic array of One of a Kind autographed photos that are both unique and RARE. These are from decades past and many have never been seen before now. Classic stars of the Golden Age of yesteryear available for a whole new generation! Plus familiar Hollywood stars from the 60s to the 90s! There's something here for everyone! Additionally, when noted, the signatures are professionally authenticated by JSA (James Spence3 Authentication)! Get a piece of TV or movie memorabilia while it's still readily available!