Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow (born September 15, 1933) is a Nuyorican (a New York-born Puerto Rican) character actor of stage and film known for his role as Manolito "Mano" Montoya on the 1960s television series The High Chaparral. On film, Darrow played the corrupt and vengeful Trooper Hancock in The Hitcher. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was seen in numerous guest starring television roles. Darrow replaced Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Zorro's father Don Alejandro de la Vega in the 1990s television series Zorro.

Henry Darrow
Enrique Tomás Delgado Jiménez

(1933-09-15) September 15, 1933
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Levian
Lucy Darrow

Early years

Darrow (birth name: Enrique Tomás Delgado Jiménez [note 1]) was born in New York City, the first son of Gloria and Enrique Pío Delgado, who worked in the restaurant and clothing businesses.[1] Darrow's parents had moved from Puerto Rico to New York in the early 1930s. At the age of eight, he played a woodcutter in a school play, an experience which convinced him that his destiny was as an actor.[2]

In 1946, when Darrow was 13, his family returned to Puerto Rico, where he discovered his roots and grew to love the island 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 (the first of its kind) 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.[2]

Acting career

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You may watch "Henry Darrow" perform in a clip from the final episode of "High Chaparral" on YouTube

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 television 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 became household names as the breakout stars of the show.

Darrow is the first Latino actor to portray Zorro on television. (José Suárez played Zorro in a 1953 Spanish film.)[3] He starred in the series Zorro and Son and also has provided the voice for the animated series of The New Adventures of Zorro.[4] He replaced Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Zorro's father from 1990–1994, in the Family Channel's successful series, The New Zorro.

In 1972, Darrow co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Ricardo Montalbán, Edith Diaz and Carmen Zapata.[5]

In 1986, he appeared in the horror film The Hitcher as Trooper Hancock, a ruthless and vengeful policeman who would go above the law to kill the main protagonist (who was framed for the crimes by the main antagonist).


Film appearance

  • Curse of the Undead (1959) - Roberto Robles (uncredited)
  • Holiday for Lovers (1959) - Station Wagon Driver (uncredited)
  • Revenge of the Virgins (1959) - Gunslinger Wade Connor
  • The 3rd Voice (1960) - Hotel Papacio Clerk (uncredited)
  • Cage of Evil (1960) - 2nd Mexican Policeman (uncredited)
  • Sniper's Ridge (1961) - Pvt. Tonto
  • Man-Trap (1961) - 1st Mexican Policeman (uncredited)
  • Summer and Smoke (1961) - Drunk on Porch (uncredited)
  • The Glass Cage (1964) - Police Lab Man
  • The Dream of Hamish Mose (1969) - Mex
  • Cancel My Reservation (1972) - Joe Little Cloud
  • Brock's Last Case (1973, TV Movie) - Arthur Goldencorn
  • Badge 373 (1973) - Sweet William
  • Aloha Means Goodbye (1974, TV Movie) - Dr. David Kalani
  • Exit Dying (1976, TV Movie)
  • Halloween with the New Addams Family (1977, TV Movie) - Pancho Addams
  • Computer Wizard (1977)
  • Where's Willie? (1978) - Sheriff Charlie Wade
  • Walk Proud (1979) - Mike Serrano
  • A Life of Sin (1979)
  • Attica (1980, TV Movie) - Herman Badillo
  • Beyond the Universe (1981) - Coblenz
  • St. Helens (1981) - Lloyd Wagner
  • Birds of Paradise (1981) - Mario, 'The Jackal'
  • Rooster (1982, TV Movie) - Dr. Sanchez
  • Losin' It (1983) - Sheriff
  • The Hitcher (1986) - Trooper Hancock
  • Mission to Kill (1986) - Senor Borghini
  • Death Blow (1987) - Chief Medina
  • In Dangerous Company (1988) - Alex Aguilar
  • L.A. Bounty (1989) - Lt. Chandler
  • Blue Heat (1990) - Captain Joe Torres
  • Percy and Thunder (1993, TV Movie) - Manuel Valencia
  • Maverick (1994) - Riverboat Poker Player #4
  • Criminal Passion (1994) - Captain Ramoz
  • The Fight in the Fields (1999) - Doc
  • Tequila Body Shots (1999) - Doctor
  • Runaway Jury (2003) - Sebald
  • The Writer's Pub (2005, Short) - Old Timer
  • Angels With Angles (2005) - Raul
  • A Girl like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006, TV Movie) - Papi
  • Primo (2008) - Dr. Vasquez
  • From Bubba with Love (2009)
  • Soda Springs (2012) - El Quijano (final film role)

Television appearance

Darrow has also appeared in hundreds of episodes of soap operas, miniseries, sitcoms and dramas, along with numerous stage plays. Television series in which he has appeared include:[4]

Soap opera performances include:

Music videos

In 1982, Darrow appeared as the prize wheel spinner in Santana's music video "Hold On", which was released as the lead single from their album Shangó. It was directed by John Mark Robinson.[6]

Guest appearances

Darrow also made a guest appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Vulcan Starfleet Admiral named Savar in the season 1 episode "Conspiracy" and two guest appearances in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as Kolopak, the father of Chakotay in the season 2 episodes "Tattoo" and in "Basics: Part 1". In 1986, he made a cameo appearance in the horror film The Hitcher[2] In 1988, Darrow guest starred in a Season 4 episode of The Golden Girls ("Yes, We Have No Havanas").


  • A Bambi Award, Germany's equivalent of the Emmys, for The High Chaparral.
  • An Emmy for his role in the soap opera Santa Barbara.
  • The Ricardo Montalbán/Nosotros Award. Darrow was the inaugural winner of the award for his contributions in improving Latinos image.
  • The ALMA Awards Ricardo Montalbán Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.[7]
  • The Miller Brewing Company honored Darrow by portraying him in its 2000 Hispanic-American Calendar.

Later years

Darrow was a member of the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and a member of SAG's Ethnic Minorities Committee. He was also a founder of Nosotros, an organization helping Latino actors land non-stereotyped parts. Darrow has served on the Advisory Committee of Bilingual Children's Television.[2] In recent years, Darrow has cut back on his public appearances.[8]


  1. This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Delgado and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.

See also


  1. "Henry Darrow Biography (1933-)".
  2. "The Official Henry Darrow Web Site".
  3. Zorro (Character) at IMDb.com
  4. Henry Darrow on IMDb
  5. "Actress Edith Diaz dies at 70; Credits include 'Sister Act' films and CBS' 'Popi' sitcom". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-02-08. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  6. "Santana videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  7. "Veteran Actor Henry Darrow Honored at ALMA Awards and Gene Autry Museum This Weekend". latinheat.com. 2012-09-14. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2015-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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