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Henry Darrow (born Enrique Tomas Delgado, Jr. on September 15, 1933 in New York City) is an actor who is best remembered for his role of "Manolito" in the popular 1960's television western series called "The High Chaparral ".
Henry is the first born son of Gloria and Enrique Delgado Sr., who migrated to New York from Puerto Rico in the early 1930's. When Henry was 8 years old, he participated in a school play where he acted as a woodcutter. As a child, this acting experience was all he needed to convince him that's all he'll ever want to be. His parents were very supportive and always encouraged him to pursue his dreams.
In 1946, when Henry was 13 years old, his family returned to Puerto Rico. There he discovered his roots and grew to love the land he had never known before. Henry graduated from high school as class president and soon after enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico (Universidad de Puerto Rico). There he proceded to study political science and acting. He also worked part-time as an interpreter. During his third year in the University, Henry was awarded a scholaship, the first of its kind, to attend an acting school, by the Government of Puerto Rico.
Henry moved to Los Angeles, California and enrolled in the "Passadena Playhouse ". At the Playhouse, he met a young lady by the name of Lucy who was to become his first wife and with whom he was to have two children, Denise and Tom. Henry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts.
Henry had already landed small parts in some 12 movies and 75 television series when he landed a role in a play entitled "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit ". Television producir David Dortort was attending one of the presentations when he first saw Henry. Immediately, Dortort recruited Henry for his T.V. western series "The High Chaparral" and cast him in the role of "Manolito Montoya". The series debuted on national T.V. on September of 1967 in NBC and lasted for four seasons. The role of "Manolito" was to give Henry national exposture, besides fame and fortune.
Henry has also appeared in hundreds of episodes of soap operas, mini-series, sit-coms, and dramas, along with numerous stage plays. Ammong some of the T.V. shows in which he has appeared are: "Hawaii Five-O", "Kojak", "Kung Fu", "Mission Imossible ", "The Waltons" and "Mod Squad ". Among the soap operas he has participated in are: "Santa Barbara", "General Hospital", "One Life to Live" and in a Mexican production titled "Crystal Empire ".
Here is a particial list of some of the many movies in which Henry has co-starred: "Hoilday for Lovers ", "Losin It ", "The Last of the Finest ", "Cancel my Reservation ", "St. Helens", "The Hitcher", "Maverick", "The Runaway " and "Life of Sin " alongside Miriam Colon, Jose Ferrer and Raul Julia.
Among the many awards that Henry has won are the following: A "Bambi Award " (The German version of the "Emmy") for "The High Caparral" and an "Emmy" Award for his role in the soap opera "Santa Barbara". Henry also received the first "Ricardo Montalban/Nosotros Award " for his contributions in improving the image of the Latino. The "Miller Brewing Company" honored Henry by portraying him in their 2000 "Hispanic-American Calendar".
Henry 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 to land non-stereotyped parts. Henry has served on the "Advisory Committee of Bilingual Children's Television".
Henry Darrow is married and lives with his wife of many years, Lauren Levian in North Carolina. They are involved in many community service activites.
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