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Actor Henry Darrow (1933-2021)


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The veteran actor Henry Darrow, who starred as Manolito Montoya in the NBC Western series "The High Chaparral," has died at the age of 87.

He died Sunday at  his Wilmington, North Carolina home, according to his publicist Michael B. Druxman. The cause of death was not revealed. In a Facebook post on Monday,  Druxman wrote: "Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed."

Darrow was born Enrique Tomás Delgado Jiménez in New York City on September 15, 1933. His parents were Puerto Ricans who ran a restaurant. When Darrow was in his teens, his family moved back to Puerto Rico, where the budding actor attended college. He later returned to the United States and pursued an acting career in California.

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"The High Chaparral," which ran from 1967 to 1971, followed the long-running NBC Western "Bonanza" on Sunday nights. That was no accident. Both series were created by producer David Dortort. "Bonanza" was the story of the pioneer Cartwright family of Nevada in the 1860s. "The High Chaparral," set in the Arizona Territory of the 1870s, starred Leif Erickson as rancher Big John Cannon -- patriarch of a blended family. Darrow became a fan favorite as Cannon's roguish brother-in-law Manolito, the son of a local land baron. The series also starred Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade and Linda Cristal "It was also the first show to feature a Hispanic family alongside an Anglo family in prime time,” Darrow once said.

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During the 1974-75 television season, Darrow co-starred with David Janssen in the ABC drama series "Harry O." Janssen played the title character, Harry Orwell -- an LAPD officer-turned- private detective. Darrow appeared as Orwell's San Diego Police Department frenemy,  Lt. Manuel 'Manny' Quinlan. Darrow's character was killed off in the first season's penultimate episode.

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The 1986 horror thriller "The Hitcher" featured Darrow as Trooper Hancock, a Texas lawman determined to stop a serial killer (played by Rutger Hauer). The theatrical film, which also starred C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, was remade in 2007.

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During Season 1 of the syndicated sci-fi television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Darrow appeared in the episode "Conspiracy" as the Vulcan Starfleet Admiral Savar. 

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In 1989, Darrow (pictured below with Margarita Cordova) joined the cast of the popular NBC daytime drama "Santa Barbara." He played Rafael Castillo, the father of Cruz Castillo (played by series star A Martinez). In 1990, both actors won Daytime Emmy Awards for their performances.

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In the early 1990s, Darrow and the Canadian actor Duncan Regehr played father-and-son versions of the legendary 19th-century California swashbuckler Zorro in a series that aired on The Family Channel. (now Freeform). Regehr played the current Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega. Beginning with Season 2 of "Zorro," Darrow played family patriarch Don Alejandro de la Vega.

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Darrow played Kolopak, the Native American father of  Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran), in two Season 2 episodes of the UPN series "Star Trek Voyager": "Tattoo" (which first aired on November 6, 1995) and "Basics: Part I" (May 20, 1996).

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We honor the career and achievements of Henry Darrow, the pride of Puerto Rico and a SAG Board member from 1970-73. Our condolences go out to his family. #sagaftramember since 1958.
 

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The great Henry Darrow has died. How thrilled I was to act with him. He was a gentleman and an artist of the highest rank. His intellectual curiosity, his generous spirit, his joyfulness, were his great attributes. All young actors should study Henry (as I did) and learn. Rest H.
 
 
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