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Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow as Don Alejandro Henry Darrow was born as Enrique Tomás Delgado on September 15, 1933 in New York City to Enrique Delgado, Sr. and his wife Gloria.  Delgado spent his early childhood in New York City, but he lived in Puerto Rico during his teen and college years after his parents returned with the family to their native land.
Delgado won a scholarship to an acting school and later moved to Southern California to pursue his acting career.   Unfortunately, he found that his name was causing him to be typecast as Latino and was causing him to lose some desired parts.  During the 1960's, he changed his name to Darrow at the insistence of his manager.  He chose the name by looking in the phone book.  Despite the Anglicized name, Darrow was still cast in primarily Hispanic roles in Hollywood.  Proficient in both English and Spanish, Darrow's career has included working on Spanish-language soap operas and as a voice-over artist during the dubbing of Spanish films into English. Jesse Ventura as Jim Jarrett with Duncan Regehr and Henry Darrow from the episode 'A New Beginning'
Victoria and Don Alejandro
Darrow gained fame when he was cast as Manolito Montoya in "The High Chaparral" television series.  The character of Manolito was created by the show's producer, David Dortort, with Henry Darrow in mind for the part.  Once "The High Chaparral" ceased production after four seasons, Darrow made many guest appearances in movies and television series.  He made guest appearances on shows such as "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "The Waltons," and "Hawaii Five-O."  He also made a guest appearance in a 1972 episode of "The F.B.I" starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Victoria with Don Alejandro
Don Alejandro and Victoria in the pueblo During the 1980's, Darrow entered the daytime television genre with a brief run on "General Hospital."   He also worked on the soap opera "Santa Barbara" from 1989 to 1992 and won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work in the series.   During the 1990's, Darrow continued playing guest roles in many television series and movies.
Henry Darrow posing for a 'Zorro and Son' promotional photo Darrow has the unique distinction of being the only actor to ever be involved with three different versions of Zorro:   He has played Zorro twice and Zorro's father once.  He played the voice of Zorro in the 1981 animated television series, "The New Adventures of Zorro."  Henry Darrow played Zorro, Sr. in the 1983 Disney television series, "Zorro and Son."  The series was a comedy in which Zorro had aged and had trouble performing all of his stunts.  Darrow began his third version of Zorro when he replaced Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Don Alejandro in the New World Zorro series in 1990. Henry Darrow dressed as Zorro in 'Zorro and Son'
To this day, Darrow continues to be busy in the acting profession and still makes guest appearances in television series.   He lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, California with his wife, Lauren Levian, who is an actress and screenwriter.


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