Darren Jack Dalton (born February 9, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known for playing Randy the Soc in The Outsiders (1983) and Daryl in Red Dawn (1984),
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 teen ensemble The Outsiders.
After The Outsiders, Dalton appeared with C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Swayze in Red Dawn (1984), a story of a group of teenagers fighting Soviet Union troops who had invaded the United States. Dalton portrayed Daryl Bates, the son of the mayor.
After Red Dawn, Dalton’s first made-for-television movie was Brotherhood of Justice (1986) as a rebellious teenager, followed by Daddy (1987) and the short-lived, but critically acclaimed TV ensemble drama The Best Times (1985). He also had TV guest appearances in the late 1980s on Highway to Heaven, Quantum Leap, Alien Nation and as General Custer on Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman. Shortly after, he returned to film, including in Dancing in the Forest (1989) and The Wolves (1996).
Turning to screenwriting full-time, Dalton did not appear in other TV shows or movies until 2007’s The Stolen Moments of September. He then 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.
|1983||The Outsiders||Randy Anderson|
|1984||National Lampoon’s Joy of Sex||Ed Ingalls|
|1986||Brotherhood of Justice||Scottie||TV movie|
|1987||Daddy||John Sparks||TV movie|
|1988||Freddy’s Nightmares||Zach||Episode: “Freddy’s Tricks and Treats”|
|1989||Dancing in the Forest||Sy|
|1992||To Protect and Serve||Hall|
|1994||Scanner Cop||Officer Longo|
|1995||Hourglass||Pete the bartender / Dog Man|
|1997||The Big Fall||Larry|
|2007||The Stolen Moments of September||Det. Scott Kawalski|
|2008||War of the Worlds 2||Shackleford|
|2008||The Day the Earth Stopped||Prewitt|
|2009||The Land That Time Forgot||Cole Stevens|
|2009||Vault of Darkness||Malcolm|
|2009||Children of the Hunt||Mayor Paulo|
|2012||The Cottage||Detective Martin|