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    Henry Darrow, R.I.P.

    Henry Darrow died on March 14, 2021, age 87. You probably have to be a baby boomer to remember Darrow. He is most often recalled for his role as "Manolito Montoya" on TV's The High Chaparral, a western which ran for four seasons on NBC, starting in 1967. Darrow was also the first Hispanic actor to play "Zorro." He won an Emmy in the early 1980s for his role on a soap opera. He was very active in efforts to increase acting opportunities for Hispanic actors. A few years ago I read his autobiography, "Lightning in the Bottle." R.I.P.
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    Re: Henry Darrow, R.I.P.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron View Post
    Henry Darrow died on March 14, 2021, age 87. You probably have to be a baby boomer to remember Darrow. He is most often recalled for his role as "Manolito Montoya" on TV's The High Chaparral, a western which ran for four seasons on NBC, starting in 1967. Darrow was also the first Hispanic actor to play "Zorro." He won an Emmy in the early 1980s for his role on a soap opera. He was very active in efforts to increase acting opportunities for Hispanic actors. A few years ago I read his autobiography, "Lightning in the Bottle." R.I.P.
    Did he play Zorro before Guy Williams?

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    Re: Henry Darrow, R.I.P.

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Did he play Zorro before Guy Williams?
    After, I think. In the eighties.

    He was the original Montoya, though. No, not that one. I grew up watching him, but I never did figure out what a chaparral was.

    edit: Was Guy Williams hispanic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    After, I think. In the eighties.

    He was the original Montoya, though. No, not that one. I grew up watching him, but I never did figure out what a chaparral was.

    edit: Was Guy Williams hispanic?
    Turns out he was!

    Real name Armando Joseph Catalano

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Turns out he was!

    Real name Armando Joseph Catalano
    Wikipedia [yeah, I know it isn't an unimpeachable source] states that the parents of Guy Williams came from Sicily.
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    Re: Henry Darrow, R.I.P.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    After, I think. In the eighties.

    He was the original Montoya, though. No, not that one. I grew up watching him, but I never did figure out what a chaparral was.

    edit: Was Guy Williams hispanic?
    Chaparral is a shrub type plant found in the desert. In the first episode of The High Chaparral, the Cannon family start their new ranch, which John Cannon's wife Annalee names after the plant found near the ranch house. Annalee is subsequently killed and John Cannon eventually marries Victoria Montoya, sister of Manolito Montoya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBaron View Post
    Wikipedia [yeah, I know it isn't an unimpeachable source] states that the parents of Guy Williams came from Sicily.
    Probably correct, I had recently read about his name change and likely got his heritage wrong, probably mixed it up with that other secret Latino Ted Williams

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    Linda Cristal passed away last Summer at 89

    The whole time I watched this show I kept asking "What's this beauty doing with this old goat!" LOL
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    Re: Henry Darrow, R.I.P.

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    Linda Cristal passed away last Summer at 89

    The whole time I watched this show I kept asking "What's this beauty doing with this old goat!" LOL
    It was a political marriage, much like the marriages among royalty and nobility in Europe. Victoria and Manolito's father, Don Sebastian, was a powerful rival rancher who had the ranch just across the border, so it consolidated power in that part of the Arizona Territory and northern Mexico, and protected both from the Apache threat led by Cochise.
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