The Life and Times

Darby Hinton was born in Santa Monica, California on August 19, 1957. His father, actor Edgar Latimer "Ed" Hinton, Jr. (19271958), was a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. Darby Hinton made his acting debut at the age of 6 months and as a child actor appeared in many commercials, films, tv series.  He attended high school at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland, and then went to college on the World Campus Afloat Institute for Shipboard Education. This was a cruise ship that traveled the world to study different societies. He returned to California to continue his studies at Pepperdine University while continuing to make tv appearances.  One of Darby's great interests is the martial arts, and he is skilled in the JKD concept of fighting. Darby remained close to his Daniel Boone co-star Fess Parker, who became something of a surrogate father to him over the years. His own father, actor Ed Hinton, died in a plane crash when he was just over a year old, and his mother never remarried. He is the brother of Daryn and Darcy Hinton.

Hinton's acting debut at the age of six months old was in the arms of Jayne Mansfield in the TV show "Playhouse 90".  In 1962 he played Jafar Mainwaring, a child character in the 1962 film Hero's Island. In 1963, he was cast in an uncredited role in Walt Disney's Son of Flubber and as Rocky in the episode "Getting Ed's Goat" of CBS's sitcom, Mr. Ed, starring Alan Young and Connie Hines. Shortly before he was cast as Israel Boone, Hinton appeared as Benjie Diel in the 90-minute episode "The Ben Engel Story" of ABC's western series Wagon Train.  He went on to appear in numerous features and television shows. One day his mother dropped him off at Twentieth Century Fox (dressed in knee high socks and a lederhosen) to audition for a role in The Sound of Music, and the boy unintentionally got lost. He wandered into the wrong line of kids; by the time his mother found him Darby had turned in his lederhosen for a coonskin cap to play Fess Parker's son Israel, on "Daniel Boone", for the next six years.

He appeared in fifty-one Daniel Boone episodes beginning with the September 24, 1964, premiere, "Ken-Tuck-E", a reference to Kentucky, the setting of the series. Patricia Blair played his mother, Rebecca Boone; Veronica Cartwright, his sister, Jemima Boone. Ed Ames and Dallas McKennon co-starred as the Cherokee tribesman Mingo and innkeeper Cincinnatus. Hinton's last Daniel Boone roles, filmed when he was twelve, were in the 196970 season: "A Very Small Rifle", "The Road to Freedom", "The Printing Press", "Target Boone", "Hannah Comes Home", and "Sunshine Patriots".

After Daniel Boone, Hinton acted with appearances as Hal Parker in "This Will Really Kill You" (1970), of NBC's The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, as Tom Woods in "Legacy of Fear" (1971) of ABC's Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, appeared in an episode of "The Big Valley" which also included a young Richard Dreyfuss, as James Scott in "How to Steal a Submarine" (1975) of CBS's Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord, and as Buddy Moran in "Beauty Knows No Pain" (1981) of CBS's Magnum, P.I., starring Tom Selleck. In 1982 and 1983, he appeared in two episodes of ABC's The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors. From 1985-86, Hinton was cast as the second "Ian Griffith" on NBC's daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. He was named in the starring role of Cody Abilene in the 1985 Andy Sidaris film, Malibu Express.

Hinton is working on a proposed television series tentatively titled Hinton's Living History. The pilot episodes follows him, his wife, and four children as they travel around the United States to experience history in different ways. Among other locations, he expects to cover Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, Fort Boonesborough near Lexington, Kentucky, Jamestown, Virginia, and a ghost town in California. Hinton is also working with producer Gail Calloway on a documentary which traces Boone's journeys.

Hinton has also been starring as the patriarch of Greystone Mansion in the Theater 40 production of "The Manor" in Beverly Hills, inspired by the true and tragic events that took place in this historic Doheny Mansion where they perform. In February 2011 Hinton starred in the theater production "The Last Laugh" by playwright Bill Svanoe and directed by Emmy winner Blake Bradford and starring Joan Darling. Hinton also began work on the History Channel mini-series Texas Rising that aired Memorial Day 2015.

Hinton is a member of the SAG/AFTRA Young Performers Committee, an active member of A Minor Consideration, and on the Advisory Committee of Looking Ahead, all geared to helping the creative youth of today experience the best of life while helping them avoid the pitfalls that have plagued young artists of the past and present.

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