Henry Darrow of The High Chaparral dies at 87

Actor Henry Darrow died on Sunday at the age of 87.

Darrow’s publicist, Michael B. Druxman, announced the news on his Facebook page on Monday as he shared: ‘Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed.’

The actor is best known for his role as Manolito Montoya on the late 1960s Western The High Chaparral, an American Western action adventure set in the 1870s starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell.

Charming presence: Henry Darrow died on Sunday at the age of 87. The actor is best known for his role as Manolito Montoya on the late 1960s Western The High Chaparral.

Charming presence: Henry Darrow died on Sunday at the age of 87. The actor is best known for his role as Manolito Montoya on the late 1960s Western The High Chaparral.

Charming presence: Henry Darrow died on Sunday at the age of 87. The actor is best known for his role as Manolito Montoya on the late 1960s Western The High Chaparral.

Western vibe: The NBC show was a an American Western action adventure set in the 1870s that aired from 1967 until 1971

Western vibe: The NBC show was a an American Western action adventure set in the 1870s that aired from 1967 until 1971

Western vibe: The NBC show was a an American Western action adventure set in the 1870s that aired from 1967 until 1971

He also played police detective Manny Quinlan in the first season of ABC’s Harry O in the mid-1970s.

Also, the star played Zorro several times: first 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 to 1994, in The New Zorro. 

Later he starred on the soap opera Santa Barbara in the Eighties for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1990. He played Rafael Castillo.

Another hit: Later he starred on the soap opera Santa Barbara in the Eighties for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1990. He played Rafael Castillo

Another hit: Later he starred on the soap opera Santa Barbara in the Eighties for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1990. He played Rafael Castillo

Another hit: Later he starred on the soap opera Santa Barbara in the Eighties for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1990. He played Rafael Castillo

Here he is seen on the left with a costar

Here he is seen on the left with a costar

Here he is seen on the left with a costar

He was born in New York City as Enrique Tomás Delgado Jr but moved to Puerto Rico when he was a teen.

Henry stayed until after college and which time he headed to Pasadena, California – which is near Hollywood – to work on acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.

His first big hit was The High Chaparral, which ran on NBC from 1967 through 1971. 

Darrow said he landed the job on the spot. 

The star said: ‘I said, I’d like to speak in Spanish and that I would learn Indian sign language. I said, I’m ready to read for the part.’

Then he was told: ‘You don’t have to. You’ve got it. You talked us into it.’

Still dashing at an older age: Here he poses for a portrait during the 2008 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort in 2008 in Las Vegas

Still dashing at an older age: Here he poses for a portrait during the 2008 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort in 2008 in Las Vegas

Still dashing at an older age: Here he poses for a portrait during the 2008 CineVegas film festival held at the Palms Casino Resort in 2008 in Las Vegas

The Screen Actors Guild called the late actor ‘the pride of Puerto Rico.’

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

Robert Beltran, who acted alongside Darrow, called him ‘an artist of the highest rank’ in a Twitter tribute Tuesday.

‘The great Henry Darrow has died. How thrilled I was to act with him,’ he wrote. ‘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.’

He married Lauren Levian in 1982 and he has two children:Denise and Tom Darrow. 

The way he lived: Darrow and Lauren Darrow arrive at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 2012 in Pasadena, California

The way he lived: Darrow and Lauren Darrow arrive at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 2012 in Pasadena, California

The way he lived: Darrow and Lauren Darrow arrive at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 2012 in Pasadena, California

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