James Darren

James Darren

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   James William Ercolani, known by his stage name James Darren, is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer. He wanted to be an actor and studied in New York City with Stella Adler for a number of years. He would also occasionally sing although he later said "I wasn't really a singer. I was a kid in Philly whose dad would take him to bars and nightclubs and I would get up and sing two songs." Darren was discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick after he got some photographs taken by Maurice Seymour to show potential agents: His secretary, a woman by the name of Yvonne Bouvier, asked me if I was interested in getting into film. I said yeah, I was. She said I know someone you should meet. She set up a meeting between me and Joyce Selznick, who worked for Screen Gems. Joyce brought me over to Columbia Pictures about a week later and got me a contract there. Columbia signed Darren to a long term contract in July 1956. A few weeks later, he was filming his first film, Rumble on the Docks. His appearance was well received and he got a lot of fan mail - second at the studio only to Kim Novak. Darren guest starred on an episode of TV's The Web ("Kill and Run") then Columbia gave him a support role in an "A" picture, the comedy Operation Mad Ball, starring Jack Lemmon. He had support roles in two films directed by Phil Karlson: The Brothers Rico and Gunman's Walk. In between he was in The Tijuana Story, although his role was relatively small. Darren was third billed in the surf film, Gidget. He also sang the title track. The film was a hit with teen audiences and so was the song. Darren wound up recording a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Another sizeable hit was "Her Royal Majesty". He is also featured in one of the Scopitone series of pop music video jukebox films ("Because You're Mine"). Darren was third billed in a series of films for Columbia: The Gene Krupa Story, All the Young Men, and Let No Man Write My Epitaph. He had a cameo as himself in a teen film, Because They're Young, singing the title track. Darren had a supporting role in the World War II film The Guns of Navarone. Also popular was Gidget Goes Hawaiian, where Darren reprised his role as Moondoggie; he was given top billing. Darren also acted in Diamond Head as well as a third time in Gidget Goes to Rome, which he sang the title track for, Under the Yum Yum Tree. In 1963, Darren signed a seven picture deal with Universal, starting with The Lively Set. He was the singing voice of Yogi Bear in the animated film, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!, on the song "Ven-e, Ven-o, Ven-a". He was the singing voice of his own character "Jimmy Darrock" on an episode of The Flintstones. However the character's dialogue was provided by voice actor Lennie Weinrib. He subsequently launched a career as a director, notably of action-based series , including Hunter, The A-Team, Silk Stalkings, Renegade, and Nowhere Man, as well as dramas such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Darren, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

  • Title: James Darren
  • Popularity: 11.316
  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 1936-06-08
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Homepage:
  • Also Known As: James & Evy, James & Gloria, James William Ercolani
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James Darren Movies

  • 1961
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    The Guns of Navarone

    The Guns of Navarone

    7.3 1961 HD

    A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range...

    Genre: War

    Cast: Gregory Peck

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  • 1969
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    Venus in Furs

    Venus in Furs

    5.4 1969 HD

    A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists...

    Genre: Horror

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1957
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    The Brothers Rico

    The Brothers Rico

    6.1 1957 HD

    Eddie Rico, the erstwhile bookkeeper for a big Mafia boss, is now making a living as an honest merchant in Florida with his family. Things go sour...

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: Richard Conte

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  • 1963
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    Gidget Goes to Rome

    Gidget Goes to Rome

    4.8 1963 HD

    Francis, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. She can persuade her parents to allow them a journey to Rome, together with two of her and two of...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1958
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    Gunman's Walk

    Gunman's Walk

    6.7 1958 HD

    A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

    Genre: Western

    Cast: Van Heflin

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  • 1957
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    Operation Mad Ball

    Operation Mad Ball

    6.4 1957 HD

    In this wacky military spoof, Lemmon plays a terminally bored Army private waging a war of wits as he tries to throw a party under the nose of his...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Jack Lemmon

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  • 1961
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    Gidget Goes Hawaiian

    Gidget Goes Hawaiian

    4.5 1961 HD

    Francis is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggy"...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Deborah Walley

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  • 1959
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    Gidget

    Gidget

    6.026 1959 HD

    Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggie. She's fascinated with his sport and starts to hang out with his...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Sandra Dee

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  • 1959
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    The Gene Krupa Story

    The Gene Krupa Story

    7 1959 HD

    The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Sal Mineo

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  • 1971
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    City Beneath the Sea

    City Beneath the Sea

    4.1 1971 HD

    A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit an underwater city called Pacifica. Originally intended as a purely scientific installation, the U. S....

    Genre: Science Fiction

    Cast: Stuart Whitman

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  • 1956
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    Rumble on the Docks

    Rumble on the Docks

    5.7 1956 HD

    A Brooklyn-born 17-year-old's loyalty is torn between his parents' old-fashion values and a local gangster's flashy lifestyle.

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1964
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    For Those Who Think Young

    For Those Who Think Young

    5.2 1964 HD

    A wealthy young man tries to woo a university student, while her two uncles work to popularize a local club.

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1971
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    Mooch Goes to Hollywood

    Mooch Goes to Hollywood

    5 1971 HD

    A dog tries to become a canine star with the help of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Vincent Price

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  • 1960
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    Let No Man Write My Epitaph

    Let No Man Write My Epitaph

    5.8 1960 HD

    Nick Romano lives in a poor tenement building on the south side of Chicago with his well-meaning but drug-addicted mother, Nellie. She encourages him...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Burl Ives

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  • 1960
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    All the Young Men

    All the Young Men

    6.2 1960 HD

    During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant,...

    Genre: Action

    Cast: Alan Ladd

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  • 1962
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    Diamond Head

    Diamond Head

    5.4 1962 HD

    Rich Hawaiian pineapple grower and US Senatorial candidate Richard Howland tries to control everything and everyone around him, including his...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Charlton Heston

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  • 1964
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    The Lively Set

    The Lively Set

    1 1964 HD

    A college student drops out to build a race car and falls for his buddy's sister.

    Genre: Action

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1957
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    The Tijuana Story

    The Tijuana Story

    4.3 1957 HD

    Courageous newspaper editor Manuel Acosta Mesa tries to take on the mob in Tijuana through his newspaper, reporting on the violence, prostitution and...

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: Rodolfo Acosta

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  • 2017
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    Lucky

    Lucky

    7.369 2017 HD

    Follows the journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Harry Dean Stanton

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  • 1978
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    The Boss' Son

    The Boss' Son

    1 1978 HD

    Bobby Rose has just returned home after graduating business school. He agrees to start working for his father, a successful carpet manufacturer....

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Asher Brauner

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  • 2018
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    What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    7.388 2018 HD

    A documentary exploring the legacy of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the reasons it went from the black sheep of Star Trek to a beloved mainstay of the...

    Genre: Documentary

    Cast: Avery Brooks

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  • 1982
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    Aliens From Another Planet

    Aliens From Another Planet

    5 1982 HD

    A senator is sent to inspect a project that can send people into the future or past & decide if it is feasible to continue. One of the scientists...

    Genre: Science Fiction

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1975
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    The Lives of Jenny Dolan

    The Lives of Jenny Dolan

    1 1975 HD

    A newspaper reporter's life is endangered when she is assigned to investigate a political assassination.

    Genre: Thriller

    Cast: Shirley Jones

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  • 1980
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    Turnover Smith

    Turnover Smith

    1 1980 HD

    A criminology professor uses scientific methods, advanced computer technology, his expertise in chess, and the leg work of several of his students to...

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: William Conrad

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  • 2018
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    New Dimensions

    New Dimensions

    1 2018 HD

    Surf music came out of Orange County California in the late fifties and early sixties. It exploded the radio waves along the coast line to become one...

    Genre: Documentary

    Cast: Gianni Apicella

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  • 1964
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    Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!

    Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!

    6.4 1964 HD

    Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo are shipped off to the San Diego Zoo by Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith who is tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick"...

    Genre: Animation

    Cast: Daws Butler

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  • 1960
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    Because They're Young

    Because They're Young

    5.5 1960 HD

    Director Paul Wendkos' 1960 film adaptation of the controversial novel "Harrison High", about an idealistic young high-school teacher dealing with...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Dick Clark

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  • 1981
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    Scruples

    Scruples

    1 1981 HD

    Sequel to the 1980 mini-series, taking up the plot where it -- and Judith Krantz's source novel -- left off. Billy Ikehorn (Shelley Smith) is the...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Shelley Smith

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  • 1980
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Hawaii Five-O

    6.96 1980 HD

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Jack Lord

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  • 1981
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    Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    6.6 1981 HD

    Beautiful, intelligent, and ultra-sophisticated, Charlie's Angels are everything a man could dream of... and way more than they could ever handle!...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Jaclyn Smith

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  • 1999
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    Melrose Place

    Melrose Place

    5.736 1999 HD

    Follow the lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex on Melrose Place, in Los Angeles, California.

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Thomas Calabro

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  • 1978
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    Police Woman

    Police Woman

    6.26 1978 HD

    Sergeant “Pepper"” Anderson, an undercover cop for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department, poses undercover...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Angie Dickinson

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  • 1966
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    The Donna Reed Show

    The Donna Reed Show

    6.143 1966 HD

    Revolves around typical family problems, such as firing a clumsy housekeeper, throwing a retirement bash for a colleague, and finding quality time...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Paul Petersen

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  • 1976
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    S.W.A.T.

    S.W.A.T.

    6.992 1976 HD

    S.W.A.T. is an American action/crime drama series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics team operating in an unidentified California...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Steve Forrest

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  • 1988
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    Battle of the Network Stars

    Battle of the Network Stars

    7.2 1988 HD

    Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Howard Cosell

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  • 1960
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    The Steve Allen Show

    The Steve Allen Show

    4 1960 HD

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Steve Allen

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  • 2024
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    The Oscars

    The Oscars

    7 2024 HD

    An annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a...

    Genre:

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  • 1960
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    The Dick Clark Show

    The Dick Clark Show

    5.5 1960 HD

    The Dick Clark Show is an American musical variety show broadcast weekly in the United States on the ABC television network 7:30-8 PM on Saturdays...

    Genre:

    Cast: Dick Clark

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  • 1967
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    The Time Tunnel

    The Time Tunnel

    7.636 1967 HD

    The Time Tunnel is a 1966–1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series, written around a theme of time travel adventure. The show was...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: James Darren

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  • 1986
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    T. J. Hooker

    T. J. Hooker

    6.289 1986 HD

    Sergeant Thomas Jefferson Hooker is a tough-as-nails veteran police officer with the LCPD who turns his back on a gold badge and goes back to...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: William Shatner

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  • 1966
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    The Flintstones

    The Flintstones

    7.377 1966 HD

    The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

    Genre: Family

    Cast: Alan Reed

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  • 1981
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    Vega$

    Vega$

    6.9 1981 HD

    Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series was...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Robert Urich

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  • 1988
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    Police Story

    Police Story

    7 1988 HD

    Police Story is an anthology television crime drama. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh and represented a...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast:

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  • 1967
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    Malibu U

    Malibu U

    1 1967 HD

    Malibu U is an American variety show that aired in the summer of 1967 on ABC. The series stars Ricky Nelson.

    Genre:

    Cast: Erin Gray

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  • 1971
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    The Barbara McNair Show

    The Barbara McNair Show

    1 1971 HD

    Genre:

    Cast: Barbara McNair

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  • 1999
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    7.869 1999 HD

    At Deep Space Nine, a space station located next to a wormhole in the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, Commander Sisko and crew welcome...

    Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

    Cast: Avery Brooks

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  • 1987
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    The Love Boat

    The Love Boat

    6.259 1987 HD

    Passengers who search for romantic nights aboard a beautiful ship travelling to tropical or mysterious countries, decide to pass their vacation...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Gavin MacLeod

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  • 2001
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    Diagnosis: Murder

    Diagnosis: Murder

    7 2001 HD

    Dr. Mark Sloan is a good-natured, offbeat physician who is called upon to solve murders.

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Dick Van Dyke

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  • 1986
    imgS5 E19

    T. J. Hooker

    T. J. Hooker

    6.289 1986 HD

    Sergeant Thomas Jefferson Hooker is a tough-as-nails veteran police officer with the LCPD who turns his back on a gold badge and goes back to...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: William Shatner

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  • 1981
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    5.4 1981 HD

    The Mike Douglas Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that originally aired only in the Cleveland area during much...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Mike Douglas

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  • 2023
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    The Shuttlepod Show

    The Shuttlepod Show

    10 2023 HD

    Actors Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, and Erica LaRose explore all things Star Trek, life on Earth, and more. Join Star Trek Enterprise's...

    Genre: Talk

    Cast: Connor Trinneer

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  • 1984
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    The Bob Hope Show

    The Bob Hope Show

    8 1984 HD

    The Bob Hope Show hosted by Bob Hope, debuted on April 9, 1950. During the 1952-1953 season, NBC rotated with other variety shows in a Sunday night...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Bob Hope

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  • 1992
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    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    7.4 1992 HD

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally...

    Genre: Talk

    Cast: Johnny Carson

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  • 1981
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    5.4 1981 HD

    The Mike Douglas Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that originally aired only in the Cleveland area during much...

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Mike Douglas

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  • 1987
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.466 1987 HD

    A fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel work as soldiers of fortune while on the run from the Army after being branded as...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: George Peppard

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  • 2000
    imgS10 E25

    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.405 2000 HD

    Follow the lives of a group of teenagers living in the upscale, star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California and attending the fictitious West...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Jennie Garth

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  • 1999
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    5.8 1999 HD

    Silk Stalkings is a crime drama television series. The series portrays the daily lives of two detectives who solve sexually-based crimes of passion...

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: Chris Potter

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  • 2001
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    6.949 2001 HD

    Modern-day Texas Ranger, Cordell Walker's independent crime-solving methods have their roots in the rugged traditions of the Old West. Walker's...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Chuck Norris

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  • 1997
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7 1997 HD

    Savannah is an American prime time television drama that ran from January 21, 1996 to February 24, 1997 on The WB. It was created by Constance M....

    Genre: Soap

    Cast: Jamie Luner

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  • 1991
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.22 1991 HD

    Hunter is an American police drama television series created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt....

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Fred Dryer

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  • 1987
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.3 1987 HD

    Ray is an enigmatic adventurer with no traceable past who travels from place to place fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He refuses to be...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Nick Mancuso

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  • 1988
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    8 1988 HD

    Eric Cord, a college student transformed into a werewolf undergoes a quest to rid himself of his curse by killing the apparent originator of his...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Lance LeGault

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  • 1996
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.464 1996 HD

    Thomas Veil is a documentary photographer who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased... Nowhere Man is an American...

    Genre: Mystery

    Cast: Bruce Greenwood

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  • 1988
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.6 1988 HD

    A short-lived weekly series based on the miniseries of the same name.

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Gregory Sierra

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  • 1997
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    6.6 1997 HD

    Framed for murder, Detective Reno Raines becomes a fugitive bounty hunter who fights crime while trying to clear his name. His troubles began after...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Lorenzo Lamas

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  • 1986
    imgS5 E19

    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    6.289 1986 HD

    Sergeant Thomas Jefferson Hooker is a tough-as-nails veteran police officer with the LCPD who turns his back on a gold badge and goes back to...

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: William Shatner

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  • 1999
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    5.736 1999 HD

    Follow the lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex on Melrose Place, in Los Angeles, California.

    Genre: Drama

    Cast: Thomas Calabro

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  • 1988
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7 1988 HD

    Police Story is an anthology television crime drama. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh and represented a...

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast:

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  • 1990
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7 1990 HD

    Hardball is an American crime drama television series that ran on NBC during the 1989-1990 television schedule.

    Genre: Crime

    Cast: John Ashton

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  • 1993
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

    7.9 1993 HD

    Raven is an American TV series

    Genre: Action & Adventure

    Cast: Jeffrey Meek

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