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Henry Darrow

1933-09-15 New York City, New York, USA

Image of Henry Darrow


Henry Darrow 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. In film, Darrow played the corrupt and vengeful Trooper Hancock in The Hitcher. 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, 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. 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 1990–1994, in the Family Channel's successful series, The New Zorro. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was seen in numerous guest starring television roles. In 1972, Darrow co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Ricardo Montalbán, Edith Diaz and Carmen Zapata. In 1974-75, Darrow portrayed police detective Manny Quinlan in the first season of Harry O, starring David Janssen. The character was killed off at the end of the first season in a re-tooling of the series. 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). Darrow replaced Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Zorro's father Don Alejandro de la Vega in the 1990s television series Zorro.


Soda Springs El Quijano 2012-03-27
Primo Dr. Vasquez 2008-06-19
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Papi 2006-06-19
Runaway Jury Sebald 2003-01-16
Enemy Action Doctor 1999-01-01
Tequila Body Shots Doc 1999-05-07
Mom, Can I Keep Her? Mr. Willard 1998-06-10
The Fight In The Fields Narrator 1997-04-16
Criminal Passion Captain Ramoz 1994-09-21
Maverick Riverboat Poker Player 1994-05-20
Percy & Thunder Manuel Valencia 1993-09-07
The Last of the Finest Captain Joe Torres 1990-03-09
Zorro: The Legend Begins 1990-01-10
L.A. Bounty Lt. Chandler 1989-09-15
In Dangerous Company Alex Aguilar 1988-09-01
W.A.R.: Women Against Rape Chief Medina 1987-01-01
Mission Kill Senor Borghini 1986-06-19
The Hitcher Trooper Hancock 1986-01-17
St. Helens Lloyd Wagner 1982-01-01
Rooster Dr. Sanchez 1982-08-19
Losin' It Sheriff 1982-08-20
Birds of Paradise Mario, 'The Jackal' 1981-12-04
Attica Herman Badillo 1980-03-02
Isabel La Negra 1979-01-01
Walk Proud Mike Serrano 1979-06-15
Where's Willie? Sheriff Charlie Wade 1978-04-12
Halloween with the New Addams Family Pancho Addams 1977-10-30
The Invisible Man Dr. Nick Maggio 1975-05-06
Night Games D.A. Jaimie Martinez 1974-03-16
Hitchhike! Gardner 1974-02-23
Aloha Means Goodbye Dr. David Kalani 1974-10-11
Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John Calheiros de Menezes 1973-04-21
Brock's Last Case Arthur Goldencorn 1973-03-05
Badge 373 Sweet William 1973-07-25
Cancel My Reservation Joe Little Cloud 1972-09-21
The Glass Cage Police Lab Man 1964-02-06
Summer and Smoke Drunk on Porch (uncredited) 1961-11-16
Curse of the Undead Roberto Robles (uncredited) 1959-05-01
Holiday for Lovers Station wagon driver 1959-07-21