The surfer nickname of Jeff Griffin, (Dean Butler), a construction worker turned city planner on the TV movie Gidget’s Summer Reunion (1985) and sitcom THE NEW GIDGET/ABC/1986-88.
Moondoggie was married to Francine “Gidget” Lawrence Griffin (Caryn Richman), a petite surfer girl turned travel agent who lived in Santa Monica, California. Their friends included Gidget’s best friend Larue (Jill Jacobson), a partner at the Gidget Travel Agency and a legendary surfer known as the Great Kahuna (Don Stroud).
On the original sitcom GIDGET/ABC/1965-66, Moondoogie was Jeff Matthews (Steven Miles).
Note: “Moondoggie” is a fictional character created by Frederick Kohner in his novel Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas. In the novels, Geoffrey H. Griffin (“Moondoggie”) saves Gidget from drowning and later marries her at the end of the last Gidget novel, “Gidget Goes New York.” The novel Gidget Goes Hawaiian reveals Moondoggie earned his nickname because he liked to surf by moonlight.
James Darren played the role of Jeffrey Matthews (“Moondoggie”) in three Gidget movies: Gidget (1959), Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961), and Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). Paul Peterson (of THE DONNA REED SHOW fame) played “Moondooggie” in Gidget Grows Up (1969) and Michael Burns as Jeff Stevens played “Moondoggie” in Gidget Gets Married (1972).
Allen Freed, the popular Cleveland radio disk jockey who helped shape the Rock and Roll movement of the 1950s was also known as “Moondoggie”.