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Teen idol and Time Tunnel star James Darren took his name from a failed 1940s sports car

Never underestimate the power in a pack of teenage girls. It was the early 1960s, and James Darren was arguably the top teen idol. He was Moondoggie, after all, the main squeeze of Gidget. The beachy sequel Gidget Goes Hawaiian had just come out. Better yet, Darren had a smash hit at the top of the charts, "Goodbye Cruel World," a tale of a heartbroken man who becomes a circus clown. It was a different time.
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EXCLUSIVE: Celebrating Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang with James Darren

James Darren’s talent for entertainment has taken him “All The Way” from his Philadelphia roots to Hollywood’s inner circles. Whether running with the Rat Pack or portraying Vic Fontaine on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the singer and actor made his presence known with style and gravitas. Serving as a source of wisdom during his tenure on Star Trek, Darren was placed front and center in “Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang,” an ode to classic casino heist films. Written by Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler, the episode provided the space station’s residents with a respite from the brutality of the Dominion War.
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