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 proceeded 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 scholarship, 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 producer 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 exposure, 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. Among some of the T.V. shows in which he has appeared are: Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, Kung Fu, Mission Impossible, 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.
Henry is the first latino actor to have portrayed Zorro in two different television series. He also has provided the voice for the cartoon version of Zorro.
Here is a partial list of some of the many movies in which Henry has co-starred: Holiday 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.
Henry made a guest appearance in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Vulcan Starfleet Admiral named Savar in the season 1 episode "Conspiracy (TNG episode) and 2 guest appearances in episodes of Star Trek Voyager as Kolopak,the father of Chakotay in the season 2 episodes Tattoo and in Basics: Part 1.
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 activities.
Henry Darrow Facts
|Enrique Tomas Delgado Jr.
|September 15, 1933 (90)
|New York, New York, USA
|The Illusion of Truth
|If Thoughts Could Kill
|Death Wish 2