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Henry Darrow (1933)

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Henry Darrow is a prolific Puerto Rican-American character actor of stage and film. Darrow is probably best remembered for his role as Big John Cannon's teasing brother-in-law, and Buck Cannon's favorite ranch hand, and best friend, Manolito Montoya, in the 1960s television series The High Chaparral while Darrow is also remembered amongst horror fans for his role as the corrupt, renegade and vengeful Trooper Hancock in The Hitcher. He later replaced Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Zorro's father, Don Alejandro de la Vega, on the popular 1990s TV series, Zorro.

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 early years
Darrow was born Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr. in New York City, the first son of Gloria and Enrique Delgado Sr., who worked in the restaurant and clothing businesses. Darrow's parents emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York in the early 1930s. At the age of eight, he played a woodcutter in a school play, experience which convinced him that his destiny was as an actor.

In 1946, when Darrow was 13, his family returned to Puerto Rico, where he discovered his roots and grew to love a country he had not known. He graduated from Academia del Perpetuo Socorro high school in Miramar, Puerto Rico, as class president before enrolling in the University of Puerto Rico. There he studied political science and acting, and worked as a part-time English-language interpreter. During his third year at the University, he was awarded a Scholarship to attend acting school. Thereupon Darrow moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in the "Pasadena Playhouse". He met and married his first wife, Lucy and they went on to have two children, Denise and Tom. Darrow graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theater arts.

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Darrow had already landed small parts in 12 movies and 75 television series when he won the role in a play titled The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit. This brought him to the attention of television producer David Dortort, who immediately recruited him for his TV western series The High Chaparral, casting him as Manolito Montoya. Making its debut on American television in September 1967 NBC, it went on to last four seasons and was screened around the world. While on the show, both he and series' lead Cameron Mitchell had become the breakout stars of the show, becoming household names. The on- and off-screen chemistry with Mitchell was truly remarkable, as they each made practical jokes, while sharing their traditional, brother-in-law values, despite being 15 years of each other. When the series was canceled, the two continued to stay friends until Mitchell's death on July 6, 1994.

Darrow is the first Latino actor to portray Zorro on television. He starred in the series Zorro and Son and also has provided the voice for the animated series of The New Adventures of Zorro. He replaced Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Zorro's father from 1990–94, in the Family Channel's successful, The New Zorro.

In 1972, Darrow co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Ricardo Montalban, Edith Diaz and Carman Zapata.

In 1986, he made a cameo role in the horror film The Hitcher as Trooper Hancock, a ruthless and vengeful policeman who would go above the law to the kill the main protagonist .

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