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WRITER JAN PIPPINS is a born tourist who has walked along the Bosporus and ridden horseback through the Peruvian desert. Writing Henry Darrow’s biography transported her through the fascinating landscape of a performer’s life. “It was like a wonderful trip across time with somebody else’s ticket and baggage,” she says.

Dedicated to presenting Darrow’s life story accurately, she told film critic/author Leslie Halpern, “While writing the book, I was acutely aware that I had a significant responsibility. This kind and charming man, his wonderful wife, friends and family entrusted me with their stories. I owed my best work to everyone involved, including eventual readers."

She and her husband Mike live in Louisiana with too many horses and cats but just the right number of dogs.


Henry Darrow & his wife Lauren, 2014

Memphis Film Festival

Jan with husband, Mike

Lauren, Henry and Jan on the red carpet

at the 2012 ALMA Awards.

(Photo by Arlynda Reyes)

HENRY DARROW received the prestigious Ricardo Montalbán Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) gala ALMA Awards on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. The star-studded packed house at the Pasadena Civic Center gave Darrow a standing ovation. Born Enrique Tomás Delgado in New York City during the depths of the Great Depression, Darrow overcame personal hardship, life-threatening illness and prejudice to carve out an acting career spanning over fifty years and earn the respect of his colleagues.

His Break-out Role

In a time when most TV and film Latinos were stereotyped as comic foils or bandidos, Darrow blazed new trail as the sexy, complex vaquero Manolito Montoya in the landmark western The High Chaparral (1967-1971). As Manolito, he was the first Latino star in a dramatic series. He was also the first actor of Puerto Rican descent to star in a network series. The role of Manolito catapulted him to international fame. Of Manolito, Darrow said, “I am happy to have given Latin Americans a hero they can identify with.”

Lifelong Activist

In 1970, he put his career on the line and joined Ricardo Montalbán and others to form NOSOTROS, the nation’s first Latino entertainment and arts advocacy organization. As a leader in NOSOTROS, Darrow encouraged the networks to create realistic portrayals of Latinos on screen and to hire more Latinos both in front of the cameras and on production crews. A strong promoter for his beloved Puerto Rico, he was instrumental in establishing a branch of the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) in Puerto Rico.

Award Winning Character Actor

Darrow’s monumental body of work encompasses continued firsts. For his portrayal of suave Rafael Castillo in the daytime drama Santa Barbara, he received an Emmy Award; he was the first Latino to be so honored. He was also the first Latino to portray Zorro and starred in a record-breaking three TV Zorro series – twice as Zorro and once as the father of Zorro. He was recently featured on the PBS series Pioneers in Television.

His dedication to his craft, warmth and humor win him friends and admirers wherever he goes.  He lives in North Carolina with his beloved wife, actress/writer Lauren Levian and several pampered cats. Lauren assisted greatly in manuscript editing; the cats, not so much.

Henry Darrow … has the chameleon ability to blend into any role he is given.”

San Fernando Valley Herald

“...still one of the most fascinating actors to ever hit the TV screens of America...”

Writer Harry Cason

“He makes every character his own.”

Actress Patrice Martinez

“Darrow makes up a dream cast all by his lonesome.”

Daily Variety

“Henry Darrow… steals every scene he’s in.”

The New York Times

“Take one, he’s there with guns blazing.”

Director Francisco Menendez

See ALMA Awards Photos/Video Read Complete Halpern Interview