Darren Dalton

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

Darren Dalton
Darren Jack Dalton

(1965-02-09) February 9, 1965
Powell, Wyoming, United States
OccupationFilm, television actor, writer
Years active1983–2012
Spouse(s)Kristen Dalton (1993–2009)
FamilyKaren Dalton, Anthony Dalton, Kirk Dalton, Erik Dalton, Autumn Dalton

Life and career

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 groundbreaking 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1983The OutsidersRandy Anderson
1984National Lampoon's Joy of SexEd Ingalls
1984Red DawnDaryl
1986Brotherhood of JusticeScottieTV movie
1987DaddyJohn SparksTV movie
1988Freddy's NightmaresZachEpisode: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
1989Dancing in the ForestSy
1990MontanaJimboTV movie
1992To Protect and ServeHall
1994Scanner CopOfficer Longo
1995HourglassPete the bartender / Dog Man
1996The WolvesBlackie
1996Pure DangerCook
1997The Big FallLarry
1997Sleeping DogsDexter
2007The Stolen Moments of SeptemberDet. Scott Kawalski
2008DarkroomBaron Bradley
2008War of the Worlds 2Shackleford
2008The Day the Earth StoppedPrewitt
2009The JailhouseDonnie
2009The Land That Time ForgotCole Stevens
2009Vault of DarknessMalcolm
2009Children of the HuntMayor Paulo
2010The AuctioneersTuscon
2012The CottageDetective Martin


  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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