Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Henry Darrow and 'The High Chaparral'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Old Tucson may be closed for the summer, but you can get a glimpse of its past in the book Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle by Jan Pippins and Henry Darrow. (BearManor Media, 392 pages, $24.95)

Henry Darrow, born Enrique Tomás Delgado, played Manolito Montoya in the western The High Chaparral. The show, about the fictional Cannon family in the Arizona Territory circa 1870, was filmed at Old Tucson, among other locations. It aired from 1967 to 1971.

Henry Darrow: Lightning in the Bottle chronicles Darrow's "seventy-five years of life, stage and screen." Check out the website and read on for more information.

Henry Darrow (born Enrique Tomás Delgado) catapulted to international stardom in 1967 as sexy, complex “Manolito Montoya” in the western The High Chaparral. He was the first actor of Puerto Rican heritage to star in a television series. “Henry survived and had a career when, if you were Latino, you couldn’t be just good, you had to be beyond great, and that’s Henry,” says noted writer/entertainer Rick Najera.

At the height of his fame Darrow put his career on the line to open doors for other Hispanics. He has continued to break ground for over fifty years as a working actor and was recently featured on the PBS series Pioneers of Television. Lightning in the Bottle is the must-read portrait of this inspirational, fiercely determined, endearing and enduring Emmy-winning performer.

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