Totally immersed in the world of Henry Darrow — The ‘High Chaparral’ actor speaks

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Henry Darrow is captured in character as the fun, always adventurous Manolito Montoya from “The High Chaparral,” 1968. The scoundrel possessing a heart of gold is Darrow’s best known acting role. Image Credit: NBCUniversal
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Caressing a rawhide bullwhip, Manolito Montoya’s penchant for wild roaming perfectly illustrates his compelling character. The son of noble landowner Don Sebastian Montoya [Frank Silvera] of Sonora, Mexico, Manolitio [Henry Darrow] chooses to accompany his sister Victoria [Linda Cristal] to the Arizona territory when she marries headstrong rancher John Cannon [Leif Erikson] in the 1967–1971 NBC 60-minute western “The High Chaparral.” Image Credit: NBCUniversal

The Henry Darrow Interview

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Actor Juano Hernández, nominated for a 1949 Golden Globe for his sympathetic portrayal of a proud, Mississippi-raised black farmer accused of murdering a white man in William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust.” Image Credit: SetCelebs.com
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“Savage Maidens Without Men!” “White Man Captured As Love Slave!” “Virgin Guards of the Golden Hoard!” A theatrical poster depicts the schlocky ‘Revenge of the Virgins,’ released in August 1959. Featuring a screenplay by Ed Wood of ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’ infamy, the B-movie sports Henry Darrow’s first prominent onscreen role. Image Credit: Museum of Mom and Pop Culture
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The striking Gloria and Enrique Delgado are dressed for a formal occasion circa 1956. Image courtesy of Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins / appears in “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle”
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Actor Henry Darrow gladly poses beside good friend and co-author Jan Pippins on March 2, 2009, at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina, during the early writing stages of “Lightning in the Bottle.” Image courtesy of Jan Pippins
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As mystical Spanish cowboy “El Quijano,” Henry Darrow stars in his final film, ‘Soda Springs,’ released on March 27, 2012. The modern-day indie Western required Darrow to step into the saddle for the first time in 20 years. He recalled that it “took over two hours to get unbent and off!” Image Credit: 2C Entertainment
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The cover of Henry Darrow’s expertly written autobiography entitled “Lightning in the Bottle: The Trailblazing Latino Actor’s First Seventy-Five Years of Life, Stage and Screen,” co-written by Jan Pippins and released on February 29, 2012. Image Credit: Bear Manor Media
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Twelve-year-old future actor Henry Darrow poses for his official Catholic confirmation sacrament in New York City, 1945. Image courtesy of Henry Darrow’s private collection
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Fresh after graduation from the Pasadena Playhouse in 1956, Henry Darrow is pensive in a nod to one of his subliminal influences, iconic Method actor Montgomery Clift. Image courtesy of Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins / appears in “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle”
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In a trendy white T-shirt and black leather jacket, future “High Chaparral” star Henry Darrow goes for his best James Dean impression shortly after graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse, circa 1956. Image courtesy of Henry Darrow and Jan Pippins / appears in “Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle”
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Circa February 1957, Henry Darrow appears as the Knight Templar in a play entitled “Nathan the Wise.” He welcomed his first daughter, DeeDee, that same month. Image courtesy of Henry Darrow’s private collection
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Leif Erikson [family patriarch John Cannon], Mark Slade [Billy Blue Cannon], Henry Darrow [Manolito Montoya], and Linda Cristal [Victoria Montoya Cannon] represent the sterling cast of “The High Chaparral” circa 1967. Not pictured is Darrow’s perpetual partner in hijinks, Cameron Mitchell [Uncle Buck Cannon]. Image Credit: NBCUniversal
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Henry Darrow goes incognito behind dark sunglasses and a heavy moustache as dangerous Puerto Rican drug kingpin “Sweet Willie” in a still from “Badge 373,” co-starring Robert Duvall. The action-packed crime drama was released to cinemas on July 25, 1973, and was shot entirely on location in New York City. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

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