Darren Dalton

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Darren Dalton
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Born Darren Jack Dalton
(1965-02-09) February 9, 1965 (age 53)
Powell, Wyoming, United States
Occupation Film, television actor, writer
Years active 1983–2012
Spouse(s) Kristen Dalton (1993–2009)
Family Karen Dalton, Anthony Dalton, Kirk Dalton, Erik Dalton, Autumn Dalton

Darren Jack Dalton (born February 9, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film producer.

Life and career[edit]

Dalton was born in Powell, Wyoming. Dalton's career began in 1982 when cast as Randy Anderson by Francis Ford Coppola during a nationwide talent search for the ground breaking teen ensemble The Outsiders.

After The Outsiders, Dalton reunited with C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze in Red Dawn, a story of a group of teenagers fighting Soviet Union troops who have invaded the United States.[1] Dalton portrayed Daryl Bates, the son of the mayor.

After Red Dawn, Dalton's first made-for-television movie was Brotherhood of Justice as a rebellious teenager, followed by Daddy and the short-lived, but critically acclaimed TV ensemble drama The Best Times. He has also had numerous TV guest appearances on Highway to Heaven, Quantum Leap, Alien Nation and as General Custer on Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman. Shortly after, he returned to theatrical releases, such as Dancing in the Forest and The Wolves.

Turning to screenwriting full-time, Dalton did not appear in any other TV shows or movies until 2007's The Stolen Moments of September. After the movie, he fully returned to acting, in War of the Worlds 2, Children of the Hunt, Darkroom (which he also Executive Produced and provided music for), the 3-D zombie thriller Day of the Living and The Day the Earth Stopped which Dalton also wrote and produced, and The Land That Time Forgot, which Dalton adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.



  1. ^ Basinger, Jeanine (May 15, 2003). World War Two combat film. Wesleyan University Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-8195-6623-2. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 

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