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Sand & Surf Stars of the 60’s

Frankie Avalon
Dolores Hart
Robert Conrad
Deborah Walley
James Darren
Donna Loren
Jody McCrea
Connie Stevens
Peter Lupus

Frankie Avalon:
Philadelphia pop singer whose career began with  small parts in films such as “Guns Of The Timberland”, “The Alamo”, “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” & “Drums Of Africa” before hitting box office gold with the popular “Beach Party” film series that co-starred Disney’s Annette Funicello.

Dolores Hart:
After appearances in two popular Elvis Presley films “Loving You” (1957) & “King Creole” (1958) & big roles in “Wild Is The Wind”
(57), “Lonelyhearts” (58)  & “The Plunderers” (1960), Dolores got her signature starring role in the smash hit sand & surf flick “Where The Boys Are” (1960).

Robert Conrad
Former school jock & milkman who after only a few small film appearances won the starring role of slick Private Investigator Thomas Jefferson Lopaka in the hugely popular TV series “Hawaiian Eye”. Bob later went on to star in TV’s “The Wild Wild West” & “Palm Springs Weekend”.

Deborah Walley:
The second Actress to play Gidget on the big screen in “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” Deborah later went on to star in a string of 60’s teen films including “Beach Blanket Bingo”, “Ski Party” Sergeant Deadhead, Dr, Goldfoot & The Bikini Machine. She also Starred opposite Elvis in “Spinout”

James Darren:
Teen heartthrob of the late 1950’s and early 60’s due to his exceptional singing talent and starring roles in the first 3 Gidget movies. His popularity continued in the decades that follwed via the TV shows “The Time Tunnel” (66), “T J Hooker”
(1982) & “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” (1993)

Donna Loren:
Forner child performer who became the face of Dr. Pepper soft drink commercials before finding a movie career with singing parts in a string of sand and surf teen films such as Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Pajama Party (1964) & Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Jody McCrea:


Connie Stevens:


Peter Lupus:
This US muscleman (known in his early career as Rock Stevens) made his film debut as bodybuilder Flex Martian in the Frankie Avalon surf flick “Muscle Beach Party” before going to Italy to star in peplums such as “Challenge Of The Gladiator” & “Hercules & The Tyrants Of Babylon”.

Annette Funicello
Fabian Forte
Sandra Dee
John Ashley
Connie Francis
Harvey Lembeck
Bobbi Shaw
Dwayne Hickman
Shelley Fabares

Annette Funicello:
This “Mickey Mouse Club” Mousketeer went on to become the teen queen of the 1960’s & star of many Beach Party Movies such as “Bikini Beach” & “Beach Blanket Bingo” opposite frequent co-star Frankie Avalon. Other memorable films include, “The Shaggy Dog” & “Thunder Alley”.

Fabian Forte:
Pop star & teen heartthrob of the 1950’s & 1960’s who made his big screen debut in Don Siegel’s “Hound-Dog Man”. Fabian went on to co-star with some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Bing Crosby (High Time), John Wayne (North To Alaska) and James Stewart (Dear Brigitte).

Sandra Dee:
Child actress who began her career in  TV commercials before becoming the original Gidget and star of the controversial teen drama “A Summer Place”. With her natural beauty and girl next door charm it was inevitable that Sandra would become the Teen queen of the 1950’s & 60’s

John Ashley:
After making his film debut in the JD flick “Dragstrip Girl” (1957), John starred in the teen musical “Hot Rod Gang” (1958) & the teen mob drama “High School Caesar” (1960) before becoming a regular in the popular “Beach Party” film series that starred Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello

Connie Francis:
Singing sensation of the 50’s & 60’s whose singing voice was used to dub Tuesday Weld In “Rock Rock Rock” (1956) and Jayne Mansfield in “The Sheriff of fractured Jaw” (1958) before winning rolls in films such as Where THe Boys Are” (1960) and Follow THe Boys” (1963)

Harvey Lembeck:


Bobbi Shaw:
After an uncredited appearance in the movie “Passion Holiday”  Bobbi’s film career surged forward with major roles in a string of sand and surf teen films most notably, “Pajama Party” (1964), “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965), “Ski Party” (1965) and “How To Stuff A Wild Bikini” (1965)

Dwayne Hickman:


Shelley Fabares:
After a couple of film roles (Rock, Pretty Baby” 1956, “Summer love” 1958) some minor TV work (Walt Disney Presents: Annette“ 1958) and two top 40 hits (1962), Shelley won a role in the hit teen film “Ride The Wild Surf” (64). Other big roles followed , including 3 films opposite ElvisPresley.

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