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)
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.”
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.
Henry Darrow … has the chameleon ability to blend into any role he is given.”
“He makes every character his own.”
Actress Patrice Martinez
“Henry Darrow… steals every scene he’s in.”
The New York Times
“Take one, he’s there with guns blazing.”
Director Francisco Menendez