Biography

James Darren - The Gidget Years

Singer, actor, and director James Darren, AKA Gidget’sMoondoggie” to legions of fans, has had a long career encompassing stage, movies, and TV. 

From Philadelphia to Los Angeles and Back

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James Darren (nee James Ercolani) was born on June 8, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents Virginia and William Ercolani. His maternal grandparents John and Clara Di Josie had 14 children, and the Ercolani family (James’ brother Johnny was born in 1937) lived with them on South Tenth Street, Philadelphia when James and Johnny were growing up. 

“His parents are far from show business. His father is a tailor; his mother, a seamstress. They had to work long hours to give Jimmy and Johnny, his brother, who’s 18 months younger the kind of real home they believed in.” Triumph of a Daredevil, by Tex Maddox, 1958 Screenland Plus TV Land

James Ercolani attended Southern High and was a problem student, skipping school and playing pinball. Music lessons (trumpet) were followed by vocal lessons, and he worked in his uncle’s Safari Costume Jewelers business to pay for them. 

When I was 16 a friend of my uncle’s got me a chance to sing at Frank Polumbo’s club. My father had to be up at six every morning, but he went along to the night club with me every evening, often staying out till three a.m.” 

Note: Frank Palumbo was a high-profile political boss, business man, philanthropist, and numbers racketeer in Philadelphia. In addition to James Darren, he gave a break to other new performers, including Joey Bishop. Palumbo was a long-time friend of Frank Sinatra, who frequently performed at his clubs.

Darren told Gary James in a 1988 interview, that as a teenager he was a fan of singers Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Frankie Laine, Perry Como, and the Mills Brothers, among others. Music must have been in the water around his Philadelphia neighborhood – singer-actors Mario Lanza, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, Mickey Callan, and Bobby Rydell all lived within blocks of each other and James Ercolani.

He’d met Gloria Terlitsky when he was 12, and they began dating as young teens. By the time James was 16, they’d been going steady for a a couple of years. An interest in acting from an early age became a firm goal when local Philadelphia boy Eddie Fisher became a success. Darren told Los Angeles Magazine that he went to Los Angeles in 1954 to get discovered.

An older James Darren revisits his first Los Angeles apartment in 2015, and remembers back to 1954.

Living in Los Angeles for six months, James met and became good friends with actor John Saxon. John Saxon and James Darren would hang out with actor James Dean; none of them were as yet stars, and the two James’ shared a love of cars and motorcycles. The hoped-for break didn’t happen, and he returned to Philadelphia.

Early Marriage and Movies

James Ercolani and Gloria Terlitsky eloped because her Jewish parents disapproved of his Catholic faith, and they knew their parents would say they were too young and not financially established yet. They were married on January 13, 1955, and they were both underage (James was 18 1/2 years old) to marry without their parent’s consent in Pennsylvania.

Two older people went along with us to Elkton, Maryland. The fellow who was supposed to be my father couldn’t spell my last name when we got the license, and the woman who was presumably Gloria’s mother, wasn’t too convincing the first two minutes. But, somehow, we all passed! Gloria and I returned to our separate homes and didn’t tell our folks for a year, not until I had the job we could live on.” – Triumph of a Daredevil, 1958 Screenland Plus TV Land

James began working as an assistant stage manager for Italian dancer-actor José Greco, who advised him to get some professional photos taken, and pick a simpler last name than Ercolani. 

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Darren would later tell interviewer Todd Doogan that he changed his last name to Darren in a nod to the 1954 Kaiser Darrin sports car, built by Kaiser Motors and based on a design by Howard “Dutch” Darrin.

James dropped out of school, and began traveling back and forth from Philadelphia to New York City to study acting with Stella Adler. He arranged to have professional photographs taken by Maurice Seymour so he could get an agent to help him land acting jobs:

His secretary, a woman by the name of Yvonne Bouvier, asked me if I was interested in getting into film…she set up a meeting between me and Joyce Selznick [casting agent and niece of legendary movie producer David O. Selznick], who worked for Screen Gems…Joyce brought me over to Columbia Pictures about a week later and got me a contract there [in July, 1956].” – Gary James’ Interview with James Darren, ClassicBands.com, 2005

Selznick’s office was at the legendary Brill Building, where Darren met entertainer and singer Tony Orlando, who also became a friend.

Having a contract and paying gig under his belt, James went to Hollywood again, this time to stay. He returned to Philadelphia briefly to finally tell his parents he was married, and Gloria followed him back to Hollywood; they were finally living under the same roof as a married couple.

He took advantage of the studios acting classes, and roles in movies started to come his way. His first film was Rumble on the Docks (1956), which generated fan mail and, along with positive reviews, brought him to the attention of the movie studio.

“The newcomer is James Darren, who plays a 17-year-old confused but goodhearted leader of a juvenile gang with confidence and aplomb.” – James D. Ivers, 1956 Motion Picture Daily

This movie trailer for Rumble on the Docks features James Dean, Laurie Carroll, and Robert Blake.

Darren became life-long friends with fellow Italian-American singer Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy Sinatra that year, hanging out on the Pal Joey (1957) set while he was under contract to Columbia and filming was taking place with Sinatra, Kim Novak, and Rita Hayworth.

I became friends with Nancy (Sinatra) and we would celebrate our birthdays together, because it falls on the same day. Frank and Dean Martin’s birthday falls the day before mine, June 7th. Nancy and I are June 8th….He’d (Frank Sinatra) celebrate Nancy’s birthday, Dean’s and mine at these parties at the Sinatra house or a restaurant.” – James Darren 1998 interview with Gary James

He’d also become lifetime friends with Elvis Presley. James Darren admired both singers and told Classic Bands in 2005,

Elvis was a friend. We used to play football together. I’ve always been a giant Elvis fan, from day one, before I knew him and still am to this day.”

His next 3 films were released in 1957, and gradually built up Darren’s fan base and cred with the movie studio. 

  • Operation Mad Ball, a post-WWII comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Kathryn Grant, Mickey Rooney, Dick York, Roger Smith, Arthur O’Connell, and James Darren as an Army private.  Darren would later co-star again with O’Connell in what would become arguably the most iconic film of his career. Also in Operation Mad Ball are a host of then-unknown actors in smaller roles – L.Q. Jones, William Hickey, Mary Tyler Moore, John Mitchum, and Paul Picerni.
  • The Brothers Rico, a film-noir crime drama with Richard Conte, Paul Picerni, and James Darren as the titular Rico brothers. Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates, and Lamont Johnson co-star.
  • The Tijuana Story, another film-noir crime story shot on location in Mexico.

First-Time Fatherhood and Separation

Gloria and James Darren’s son James William Ercolani Jr. (Jimmy, now TV journalist Jim Moret), was born December 3, 1956.

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Proud father Darren told Modern Screen that if little Jimmy got wound up, only listening to Frank Sinatra would settle him down.

Let me tell you, it’s got to be a Sinatra record that will quiet him down. We’ve tried Jackie Gleason a few times – you know, that quiet sentimental music – but Jimmy just ignores it.” – Introducing James Darren by Ed DeBlasio, 1958 Modern Screen

James and Gloria would socialize with Marie and Paul Picerni, his co-star from The Brothers Rico and Operation Mad Ball. They moved to into a small house of their own after Darren fulfilled a dream to buy a new home for his parents.

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By the end of 1958, James Darren was a “star” and featured heavily in fan magazines.

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Despite their love for their baby son, home had beoame an unhappy place for the young couple, who rarely spent time apart from each other outside of work.

When baby Jimmy was born 2 years ago, I was delirious with happiness…Gloria and I were in seventh heaven about Jimmy, and he took our minds away from ourselves. ..We leaned on each other for everything and ended up being prisoners – slaves! – instead of husband and wife.” – James Darren: Why is it So Tough to Make a Girl Understand How You Feel? by George Christy,  1959 Photoplay

After months of unhappiness and arguments, in the late summer of 1958 Gloria left Darren and went back with Jimmy to her parents in Philadelphia. She returned after a month, but they separated again in December 1958 and Darren moved out, into an apartment in Los Feliz. Their divorce was finalized by the end of 1959.

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“I understand my former wife Gloria’s found herself a new love, which makes me happy because I want Gloria to have a full, rich life. But when Gloria and I married, we were kids. We were too young for the responsibilities of marriage. We were children playing house….I’ll never stop loving Gloria. I can’t. You just can’t turn off love like a faucet – not deep love, anyway. But young, selfish love isn’t strong enough to make a marriage successful, either. Marriage takes guts, but, at the same time, a willingness to compromise.” – James Darren: Can you Outgrow Someone You’ve Loved? by George Christy 1959 Photoplay

Movie Magic – Gidget and Moondoggie

The western movie Gunman’s Walk (1958) was filmed in glorious colour on location in Arizona and the Sonora Sierras. Veteran actor Van Heflin stars, with Mickey Shaugnessy, Edward Platt, and Robert F. Simon. Gunman’s Walk features young up-and-comers James Darren, Tab Hunter, and Kathryn Grant (in her third film with Darren). It was a big break for James, and garnered him a lot of publicity. Once again his performance received positive reviews from critics. 

The movie trailer for Gunman’s Walk features Van Heflin, Kathryn Grant, Tab Hunter, Mickey Shaughnessy, and James Darren.

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Elvis Presley was in the U.S. Army and unavailable to co-star with Sandra Dee and Cliff Robertson in a new movie, so the producers cast James Darren as Jeffrey Matthews aka “Moondoggie” in the quintessential young love/surfing film Gidget (1959).

When filming for Gidget began in early 1959, Darren told the producers that he could sing. The title track Gidget (1959) written by Fred Karger and Patti Washington, became a hit single for James Darren when it was released. 

Arthur O’Connell plays Gidget‘s hi-strung father, Russell Lawrence, and Mary LaRoche is his understanding wife and Gidget/Francie’s mother Dorothy.

Stinky (Joby Baker), Lover Boy (Tom Laughlin), Hot Shot (Robert Ellis), Waikiki (Doug McClure), and Lord Byron (Burt Metcalfe) are surfer’s in the nomadic “beach bum” community that Moondoggie and his mentor, The Big Kahuna (Cliff Robertson) inhabit.

Actresses Yvonne Craig, Sue George, Jo Morrow, and Patti Kane play Gidget‘s friends Nan, Betty Louise, Mary Lou, and Patti.

Below, James Darren and the other beach bums play it cool in the movie trailer for Gidget.

James Darren also sang The Next Best Thing to Love (1959) written by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne, in Gidget (1959).

Gidget had launched his singing career, earning him a recording contract – and spawned two big-screen movie sequels which Darren also starred in. Sandra Dee didn’t reprise her role as Gidget, and each sequel featured a different actress as the title character. 

In Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) Deborah Walley does the honors, with Michael Callan, Carl Reiner, and Kam Fong (Hawaii Five-O). Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) co-stars Cindy Carol.

Cindy Carol and James Darren are featured in this clip from Gidget Goes to Rome

Darren didn’t appear in subsequent Gidget made-for-TV movies, or the 1965 television series starring Sally Field.

Having found love on screen, it was time for James to find his lasting true love in life.

The story continues in James Darren & Evy Norlund, Forever Cool.

Note: This article was first published in 2016 as Celebrating Seniors – James Darren Turns 80. It has been updated, with new & additional content. 

Additional Resources:

The Patient Lovers by Alison Carter, 1959 Modern Screen

A New Kind of Love by Mark Dayton, 1960 Screenland Plus TV-Land

*Images are public domain or Creative Commons licensed & sourced via Wikimedia Commons or Flickr, unless otherwise noted* 

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

Comments

Barbara Szwec August 19th, 2021 at 4:55pm

I have a picture of my late husband's college graduation photo: he was a dead ringer for James Darren.
I wake up every morning to see his smiling "James Darren" face on my bureau. No wonder I fell for my husband.
I married my own "Moondoggie"!

Sue February 14th, 2021 at 10:50pm

My son is Darren spelled like your screen name like so many others I enjoyed your varied roles and spent hours wising I was Gidget so glad your life seems to have been relatively pain free and you have had success in your chosen career as well as a successful marriage

Juli sweeney January 10th, 2021 at 12:33am

I always love listening to James Darren, never saw him in person. But thanks to Amazon I can get his CDs

Steve Harris December 16th, 2020 at 10:21am

Recently saw "Vic Fontaine" on Vega$ (1979). Totally missed that episode during the original run.

GLORIA J POTCHEBSKI October 17th, 2020 at 8:09pm

Still think you are one handsome guy. You were always a favorite of mine. Years ago, I hung out at a food drive-in in Illinois and there was one guy there that we always referred to as James Darren. His looks were very close to yours and same mannerisms. Thanks for the many years of pleasure you gave everyone. Stay safe and God bless you and your family. By the way, I'm 78 years young.

Sue Weir September 9th, 2020 at 5:15pm

What a beautiful life! Thanks, for sharing it with all of us,
Still wish you would do a Christmas movie for Hallmark!

Maria. Pignataro May 18th, 2020 at 9:38am

Gidget one of my favorite movies.You and Sandra Dee so cute together.You are still as handsome as you were then.Hope you and your family doing well.Thank you for being moon doggie and for all the beautiful nostalgia that Gidget brings back. Such happy memories of a simpler time.So proud you are Italian like me.Hope the years ahead bring you all the best.
SIncerely....Maria. Pignataro

Marie April 8th, 2019 at 11:51pm

Along with Elvis you were my next love alwayys liked gedget .My. Brother had your record . Happy Birthday . my brother name is James we call him Jimmy.

Marilynn April 4th, 2019 at 9:47pm

Someone in these comments had mentioned about your marriage lasting 56 years! That's great. Happy Birthday (belatedly?) and may you have many more years too James Darren.

Pauline Goodinson October 27th, 2017 at 7:29pm

I remember seeing you at the Royal York hotel in the 70s I came back stage and you were nice ,polite and a real gentleman I will never forget that. Happy belated Birthday x

Donna October 26th, 2017 at 3:57pm

Happy birthday moondoggiiii. Even though I am African American. You were my first love and always will be. The life you have lived I knew you would. Such a Lucky and blessed wife. Still my heart.

Jocelyn Calig May 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Dear James,
Just saw this post, and didn't realize you had a milestone birthday...so Happy Belated Birthday!
When I was 9, I saw "Gidget Goes Hawaiian", and thought you were the most handsome man I had ever seen. The next day, my father drove all over town to every record store (1961) to find the "45" of the title song. He finally found it, and it remains a special memory to this day, as he passed away several months later. Also my mother met you at a Standard Brands store in Granada Hills. You must have been filming for some candid camera type show. She said you were trying to sell her paint with vitamin E in it.
In closing I just want to thank you for the enjoyment and daydreams I have had
throughout my life "because of you"!
Jocelyn

Angleia Young May 8th, 2017 at 1:22pm

I am going to Las VEGAS SOMETIME IN Sept does James have any shows around that?

Carolyn Stiverson maiden name Zambito May 1st, 2017 at 8:10pm

Happy Birthday, Jimmy....followed and loved you since I saw you in Gidget!!!

Linda March 31st, 2017 at 7:25pm

Happy birthday James. I was only a child, but had posters of you in my room as Moondoggie. Many years later I ran into your sister ( or sister in law) at LAX and she showed me pictures of your beautiful family. I watched everything you were in, and Time Tunnel was a must as a kid.

Thanks for the memories.

Julie March 6th, 2017 at 2:10am

What did he say about rap music? I'm just curious.

CK, Amager February 13th, 2017 at 1:45am

Stort og hjerteligt TILLYKKE med 57-års bryllupsdagen, der var den 6. februar, til dig og hustru Evy Nordlund.
I think you understand a little Danish after all these years together ……

Dawn February 12th, 2017 at 5:47pm

Happy Birthday James, I have all the Gidget movies you made and the series T.J.Hooker, along with some of your other movies, I loved them then and still love them today at the age of 73. Life was better back when we were young, you were a dreamboat then and still look very handsome today. I love to listen to your records you have such a beautiful voice.

Dawn

Dawn February 12th, 2017 at 5:41pm

Happy 80th Birthday James, you still look fantastic. I had a crush on you as teen and still think your a dreamboat. Have several of your movies and records and enjoy watching the movies and listening to the records. May God bless you and yours always.

Dawn

Donna February 11th, 2017 at 7:50pm

I just turned on the t.v. to the station decades. James Darren was on the Donna Reed show. Brought back fond memories.

Peggy Ross (MacDonald) February 7th, 2017 at 3:54pm

I don't know if you will remember me, but I lived across the street from you and your lovely wife Evy, sons Christian and Anthony in Beverly Hills off Coldwater Canyon. I was 8 or 9 years old when I babysat for your sons Christian and Anthony. I have 2 older sisters. My parents have passed away, but I was recently back in the neighborhood, and looked over at your former home, and memories came flooding back, I also remember going to your new home after you moved, where I went to a birthday party for Christian.
I hope you, Evy, and your sons are well. I saw your recent photos; you look wonderful. I loved your movies, and the TV show The Time Tunnel.
I just wanted to connect, and wish you all the best.
Warm regards,
Peggy Ross

MariaElena Hernandez-Valverde January 24th, 2017 at 6:26pm

My dearest Darren, boy you where my first crush. I loved you for years. What was really funny is that my daughter and I watched Gidget every single year while she was growing up. She wanted to be a singer and got really close, but she is still trying. Once when she was just 16, we saw you at Disneyland and I felt my heart skip a beat. You still had it then, and I'm sure your wife would agree, you still have it now.
You are just a sexy Senor.
MariaElena

michiko January 14th, 2017 at 3:09am

Tony Newman was very cool ! I became your fan to see "The Time Tunnel". I also love your songs. from Japan

Anthony January 8th, 2017 at 10:16am

Hi jimmy, its tony g from south philly! Remember flying the gas models at the stadium. Lived on 13th and porter. I hope johnny is well! Tony G

Tim Kline December 26th, 2016 at 7:58am

I liked James Darren best in Time Tunnel. He did a fantastic job on that show. I also like his hit song "goodbye cruel world" Time Tunnel should have lasted much longer than it did. I guess that's what you get with Irwin Allen. only a few short years EG;
"Lost in Space" 3 seasons. Both shows could have gone on many more seasons.
Good Luck to James, Would like to see you on TV again, perhaps on a TV special.

derek December 18th, 2016 at 3:27am

James Darren looks a bit like John Saxon in that screen shot above with himself and his brother. Perhaps that had something to do with the two of them becoming friends! lol

Jay Bear December 7th, 2016 at 11:23pm

My very 1st crush...I used to pre-tend play that I was you playing tennis dressed in all white...You looked just like my Italian father, makes sense now...glad to see you are still doing well!

Anne L. Wilson September 11th, 2016 at 11:26pm

Hello good looking! I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your performance in Deep Space Nine! It's about the third or forth time I;ve watched the series on Netflix. I've just finished it tonight. You really brought the series a lot of class! I wish they had let you act a little more. You are 80 and I just turned 75, so we have a lot in common.
I'm impressed you have been married to the same person for so long in Hollywood! It says a lot about what a nice person you are. You really look wonderful for any age!! I would love to see you acting in something new.
Take care of yourself, Anne W.

Diane F. September 11th, 2016 at 5:30am

Happy birthday ! 80 years old a successful career , marriage and children ! I was pleased to read about your career and all the different aspects of the business you were involved in, directing, t.v. series, singing ! I am a 59 year old woman that grew up in Palos Verdes on the beach and watching fun movies like your Gidget movies ! Saw you once performing in Disneyland. Now I am interested in how you were lucky to have the career marriage etc. you should partner with Cristina Ferrare and do a talk show tell us fans about your Hollywood do some signing maybe even bring on some new talent I read about what your feelings are about rap music! Good luck to you , love the picture of you and your Porsche ! Stay healthy and God Bless!

Julie March 6th, 2017 at 2:10am

What did he say about rap music? I'm just curious.

Rebekah gwen deatherage September 7th, 2016 at 2:26am

Your life has given us music for our souls...beautiful face..great smile
Talented actor...and great singer...family man...enduring husband...
Theres no such thing as the next best to love....i wore out my gidget record
Your picture still on my wall...im 66 ....my husband hates you.....wow i love your cars
We had an old 56 chevy belair...still have it...different world....gentler life....
Keep singing...dont drive too fast kid....do smile alot...moondoggie...vaya con dios

Lisa July 30th, 2016 at 11:26am

That was awesome! You made my teenage years fabulous

Donna Muir July 19th, 2016 at 2:45am

All I can say is "Thank goodness" Elvis wasn't available to appear as Moondoggie in the Gidget movie! I was about ten years old when I saw that film for the first time and it didn't take more than one look at you and I was over the moon for you, James. Oh, how I would dream about changing places with Sandra Dee! It may sound corny but you got me through some very hard times as a kid and, later, as a teen. Congratulations and belated best wishes on celebrating your 80th birthday. You're still the dreamboat I fell for back in the day. May the years ahead be kind to you and all those you hold dear to your heart. P. S. I hope you received the letter that I sent to you in care of Norm's. Most sincerely, Donna M.

Lynda Hogan July 15th, 2016 at 2:18pm

Happy Birthday Moondoggy! Wow! You sure do age well!

Jennifer Ahlstrom July 15th, 2016 at 12:06pm

Happy birthday and wishes for many more. You made my teen years joyful with your music and movies. (Especially Gidget!) Thank you. Fondly, Jennifer

Jennifer Ahlstrom July 15th, 2016 at 12:03pm

Happy happy birthday! Wishing you the best always. You made my teenage years joyful. Thank you.

kim Calvosa July 15th, 2016 at 12:05am

Happy Birthday Jimmy! Hope all is well. Luv to you and Evie...Gene and Kim

Jeanne July 13th, 2016 at 11:59pm

Happy birthday James.
i met you and your wife once in center city philly
you were buying a hot dog
i said can you please pass me the mustard moondoggie
you passed it to me and said I was showing my age., by knowing that.
Many more birthdays and good health

Lisa July 30th, 2016 at 11:26am

That was awesome! You made my teenage years fabulous

Helen July 13th, 2016 at 2:48pm

I mean Fabulous.yikes!

Helen July 13th, 2016 at 2:47pm

You look faboulus, happy birthday.

Helen July 13th, 2016 at 2:48pm

I mean Fabulous.yikes!

Al Bono July 13th, 2016 at 12:19pm

Hey Jimmy your friends from South Philly Richie and Shags said Happy Birthday glad your doing great.

Marc Uyttenhove July 13th, 2016 at 12:08pm

Happy birthday, James. In Belgium, we know you from ' Punch and Judy' and 'Goodbye cruel world'...

Symmi DeFrancesco July 13th, 2016 at 11:40am

Happy Birthday my ONLY celebrity crush, from high school days...So glad I had a very chance meeting, with you in Warwick, NY in the late 70's, when you were on your way to appearing at the Playboy Club nearby. I never ever thought I would see you in the flesh as they say...(I don't follow celebrities)..It was a thrill & you looked as wonderful in person as you do "on stage" ) God Bless always.

Sandra June 27th, 2016 at 4:52am

Gidget

Sandra June 27th, 2016 at 4:51am

Happy Birthday Baby, I Have all Budget Movies, just Watched 2 of them , they take me back to my youth great feeling ,it was a different time xoxo

Tim Kline December 26th, 2016 at 7:58am

I liked James Darren best in Time Tunnel. He did a fantastic job on that show. I also like his hit song "goodbye cruel world" Time Tunnel should have lasted much longer than it did. I guess that's what you get with Irwin Allen. only a few short years EG;
"Lost in Space" 3 seasons. Both shows could have gone on many more seasons.
Good Luck to James, Would like to see you on TV again, perhaps on a TV special.

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