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Henry Darrow – From Cowboy to Star Fleet Admiral

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 19: Actor Henry Darrow of "Primo" poses for a portrait during the 2008 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort on June 19, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak/Getty Images for CineVegas)

Enrique Tomas Delgado Jimenez, better known as simply Henry Darrow was one of those actors who you knew but did not know, or at least, I remembered him as the Brother of the 2nd wife of the guy who ran The High Chaparral (cue music).  I grew up watching the western tv series, The High Chaparral, with my Mum and Dad, and today I learnt that there were only 4 series of this great tv western.  What is more sobering ins that it ran from 1967 to 1971, they must’ve been on repeat on BBC1.

Henry Darrow was born on 15th September 1933 in New York City to Puerto Rican parents and he played the part of a woodcutter in a school play at the age of 8 that made him think of being an actor.  When he was 13, his family moved back to Puerto Rico and through the education system of Puerto Rico he was eventually warded a scholarship to attend an acting school.  After completing the scholarship, he moved to Los Angeles, got married, had two kids, and embarked on a career consisting of 12 movies and 75 television appearances before appearing in a play called The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and this garnered the attention of a record producer for The High Chaparral and he was cast as Manolito Montoya, the brother of the lead character’s wife.

The character of Manolito Montoya made Henry a household name and opened many doors for him, in 1986 he was cast as the ruthless and vengeful Trooper Hancock in The Hitcher.  In the 1990’s, he played the father of Zorro in the remake of Zorro called Zorro and Son.  He spent the rest of his career appearing in hundreds of tv soaps, miniseries, sitcoms and dramas as well as stage productions.  He was one of those character actors that you remember for the simplest of portrayals.  It is worth noting that he has appeared in Kojak, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, TJ Hooker, Airwolf, Knight Rider, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Babylon 5, amongst others.  A true credit to the Cult Faction ethos.

In later years he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minorities Committee and an advocate for Latino actors and helping them land non-stereotypical roles.  In 1990 he was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

He passed away on March 14th at the age of 87.

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